National Challenge



Meet the 2019 Teams

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Check out the teams who qualified for 2019 Nationals! Many of these teams will be attending the National KidWind Challenge, but not all of them. Congrats to everyone!

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    AMC 02

    Coach: Megan Coniam School/Org: American Charter Academy State: Alaska

    Qualified at: Kid Wind Alaska State Compeition

    What we learned: The most interesting thing our team learned about Wind Energy is how we can use it to make our world a better place. The way that wind energy conserves our other sources of power encourages us to continue finding better ways to build fan blades in order to achieve that goal.

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    The Fanboys

    Coach: Carol Drake, Megan Coniam School/Org: American Charter Academy State: Alaska

    Qualified at: Alaska State Competition

    What we learned: That you can't do a wind turbine when it is too windy.

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    Klance

    Coach: Megan Coniam School/Org: American Charter Academy State: Alaska

    Qualified at: Alaska State KidWind Competition

    What we learned: Wind blades are not a major cause of avian death.

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    Turbine Feat by Happy Feet

    Coach: Wilphina Becenti School/Org: Little Singer Community School State: Arizona

    Qualified at: Flagstaff, AZ KidWind Turbine Challenge 2017

    What we learned: Electromagnetic induction and biomimicry are two of the most interesting things our team learned about while constructing our turbine.

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    Windtastic Paradise

    Coach: Greg Holman School/Org: Paradise Intermediate School State: California

    Qualified at: Klamath Falls, OR

    What we learned: The most interesting thing we learned was the different types of blades and that large turbines can shift the blade pitch depending on wind. There are wind turbines in the ocean and at the Klamath Falls competition, metal blades seemed to do best.

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    L.P. Coyotes

    Coach: Terry Wood School/Org: Las Palmitas Elementary School State: California

    Qualified at: Desert Hot Springs Regional

    What we learned: More complex gears can cause more difficulties than simple ones. When testing higher gear ratio's, less volts registered on the volt meter, so we have to rethink about what we construct next that will be less resistant in the wind tunnel.

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    Driveshaft Challenger

    Coach: Terry Wood School/Org: Las Palmitas Elementary School State: California

    Qualified at: Desert Hot Springs Regional

    What we learned: I found it very interesting how different sizes and materials that I made the blades out of can effect the speed of how fast the blades turn in the wind tunnel.

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    Windustrial Revolution

    Coach: Michael Zapata School/Org: Hoover High School State: California

    Qualified at: Regional competition at Cal State Maritime Vallejo

    What we learned: One of the most interesting things our team learned through the process of constructing our wind turbine was the different between axial and radial flux generators and how they work.

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    Euphoria

    Coach: Edwin Detoya School/Org: Bobby Duke Middle School State: California

    Qualified at: Desert Hot Springs Regional Competition

    What we learned: We are an "all-girls" team who believe that the passion for wind energy knows no gender. We learned that the whole wind turbine design process is a science and engineering design process by itself. We had to brainstorm, collaborate and work on our project as a team.

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    Triple A

    Coach: Edwin Detoya School/Org: Bobby Duke Middle School State: California

    Qualified at: February 2019 National Online Competition

    What we learned: We learned that individually, we have our strengths, but together we are stronger. We therefore joined forces together to design and build the best wind turbine we could. We learned that wind energy is a precious and sustainable resource and we need to consider a lot of variables in turbine design.

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    Kaizen

    Coach: Edwin Detoya School/Org: Bobby Duke Middle School State: California

    Qualified at: December 2018 National Online Competition

    What we learned: Kaizen is a Japanese concept for continuous improvement. We learned this concept in the design and building of our wind turbine. We did several revisions and improvements. We just kept improving our turbine!

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    San Francisco Snapping Turtles

    Coach: David Goldstein School/Org: Prospect Sierra Middle School State: California

    Qualified at: KidWind Challenge Cal Maritime, Vallejo, CA

    What we learned: One of the most interesting things I learned about wind power is that bigger blades aren't always more efficient than small blades.

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    KiddleWindle

    Coach: Peter Morrison School/Org: Deer Creek Middle School State: Colorado

    Qualified at: Colorado State University

    What we learned: We learned how to 3d print objects. We also learned engineering skills.

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    DPA Innovators

    Coach: Trenisha Goslee School/Org: Digital Pioneers Academy State: District of Columbia

    Qualified at: DC KidWind Challenge

    What we learned: "We learned that wind energy is stronger than you think! It was interesting to see which materials worked best with wind energy." -Nyla A.

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    Alice Deal KidWinders

    Coach: Catherine Osman and Alissa Lash School/Org: Alice Deal Middle School State: District of Columbia

    Qualified at: DC KidWind Challenge

    What we learned: We learned the importance of testing our turbine.

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    Panther Wind

    Coach: Cj Koechner School/Org: Paola Middle School State: Kansas

    Qualified at: Topeka Kansas State Tournament

    What we learned: The most important thing we learned was to never give up. Because that is how science works. That is also what any good scientist has ever done. Something goes wrong you work until it is fixed and right.

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    CBCR9

    Coach: Calderwood School/Org: Sterling High State: Kansas

    Qualified at: Topeka, Kansas

    What we learned: Courtney, everything about it. Cody, how the turbine works to generate electricity

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    AEKG- Timmy the Turbine

    Coach: Christie Fouts School/Org: USD 273 State: Kansas

    Qualified at: Topeka, KS

    What we learned: We learned about all the job opportunities that are available in this industry. There is a college within 30 minutes that has a Wind Technician program.

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    Oxford AirSharks

    Coach: Elana Garrett, Shelly Graves School/Org: Oxford Jr/Sr High School State: Kansas

    Qualified at: Topeka State Competition

    What we learned: Blade design is very critical to an efficient wind turbine.

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    Thunderhawks

    Coach: Diane Wetter, Mark Heier, Steve Reed School/Org: Wheatland High School State: Kansas

    Qualified at: Topeka, KS

    What we learned: The most interesting thing we learned is the cost of the wind generator and how much energy they produce.

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    The Electric Four

    Coach: Mike Tweedy School/Org: Lebo Homeschool Co-op State: Kansas

    Qualified at: Kansas State KidWind Challenge

    What we learned: We learned that Joules are a measure of kinetic energy, how wind turbines convert kinetic wind energy into mechanical and electrical energy, to test many variables to arrive at the best turbine design, and that working together helped us problem solve and make more progress than we could alone.

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    Electrical Potential

    Coach: David Barrett and Lynn Spears School/Org: Farnsworth Aerospace 5-8 Campus State: Minnesota

    Qualified at: Twin Cities Event at Metro State University

    What we learned: We have made many changes to our blades and our wind turbine. We love making our wind turbine system better. It takes time but it is worth the effort.

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    Air Masters

    Coach: Richard Paulson School/Org: Adams Spanish Immersion State: Minnesota

    Qualified at: Minnesota State

    What we learned: That is can produce energy

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    Electric Wind Master

    Coach: Steph Paulson School/Org: Adams Spanish Immersion State: Minnesota

    Qualified at: Minnesota State

    What we learned: We are all fourth graders and we think off shore wind farms could help with energy and storms

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    Wind Masters

    Coach: Lynn Shellenberger School/Org: Adams Dpanish Immersion State: Minnesota

    Qualified at: Minnesota State

    What we learned: Rochester Minnesota is the 2nd windiest city in the US.

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    Team Hydroplane

    Coach: JD Jorgensen School/Org: Dixon High School State: North Carolina

    Qualified at: NC Renewable Energy Challenge

    What we learned: The shape, size, and angle of the blades are a huge factor when it comes to performance and efficiency of the turbine as a whole. Something as simple as whether there are 3 or 4 blades will contribute greatly to the durability and energy yield of the turbine.

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    Blowin' in the Wind

    Coach: John Balet School/Org: Clean Technologies Early College High School State: New York

    Qualified at: GE Renewable Energy Learning Center, Niskayuna, NY

    What we learned: The impact of the "apparent" wind was significant. Blade construction was not easy as we traded off between strength, weight, and ease of construction.

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    SC Winnders

    Coach: Jim Brown School/Org: Sand Creek Middle School State: New York

    Qualified at: Utica SUNY Poly/ GE Niskayuna

    What we learned: That an airfoil blade makes a big difference because of the uneven pressure.

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    Sonic Spinners

    Coach: Jim Brown School/Org: Sand Creek Middle School State: New York

    Qualified at: Utica SUNY Poly and GE in Niskayuna

    What we learned: We learned; 1) Energy goes through bigger wires faster. 2) A bigger gear ratio will generate more power. 3) What an airfoil is. 4) How to solder. 5) How to use CAD programs. 6) How to cut foam with NiChrome wire.

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    Beagles

    Coach: James McGinty School/Org: NSBE Syracuse City School District State: New York

    Qualified at: SUNY Polytechnical Institute, Rome, New York

    What we learned: The most interesting thing our team learned while designing our turbine was how obtainable renewable energy can be, but how difficult and costly it is to sustain. In addition, it is also interesting how efficient gear trains can be when you are trying to generate wind power.