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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    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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    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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    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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    Spice Girls

    Coach: Jaqueta Byerly School/Org: Girl Scout Troop 16 Enid, OK State: Oklahoma

    Qualified at: Oklahoma KidWind Challenge

    What we learned: The Most Interesting Thing: We loved testing the blades. Adding more, changing the pitch, changing designs. We thought 3 blades like the wind farm we toured would be the best. We were surprised to find that 6 blades did better.

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    Super Happy Sushi Fun Time

    Coach: Judy Bower and Laura Blanchfield School/Org: Londonderry State: Pennsylvania

    Qualified at: Penn State Kidwind Challenge

    What we learned: We learned that the blades don't work as well when you put a load on them.

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    San Antonio Red Tails

    Coach: Ray Alls School/Org: National Society of Black Engineers State: Texas

    Qualified at: NSBE National Convention

    What we learned: The most interesting thing that my team learned about wind energy was, the relationship with blade weight in comparison to the amount of energy it produces in the long run.

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    Gone With the Wind

    Coach: Tracy Buckley School/Org: Tabb Middle School State: Virginia

    Qualified at: Eastern Virginia Regional Competition

    What we learned: We learned that lightweight materials work best and a tapered blade shape helped us to increase the amount of energy we produced.

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    The Single Bladies

    Coach: Mark Acherman, Sharon Reese School/Org: Darlington Community School District State: Wisconsin

    Qualified at: Madison, WI

    What we learned: While taking part in the KidWind Challenge, we learned about the different parts of wind turbines, wind energy terms and vocabulary, and how to work as a team.

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    Breezy Bees

    Coach: Mark Acherman School/Org: Darlington Schools State: Wisconsin

    Qualified at: Madison Wisconsin State competition

    What we learned: We learned that if your wind turbine produces so much energy then you could blow your generator. We also became closer as a team.

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    Breezy Bees

    Coach: Mark Acherman School/Org: Darlington Schools State: Wisconsin

    Qualified at: Madison Wisconsin State competition

    What we learned: We learned that if your wind turbine produces so much energy then you could blow your generator. We also became closer as a team.