While this is called a KidWind Challenge, we tend to think of it more like a celebration of wind power. The overall goal is to have fun building a device that converts moving wind into electricity. If along the way you learn some physics, engineering, environmental science and policy -- that is great!
There are three basic steps to participating in a KidWind Challenge:
PLAN your team and your turbine, and do background research.
BUILD an innovative and functional turbine that will produce a lot of power.
TEST your turbine and calculate its power output to improve your design.
The more time you spend doing each of these tasks, the better prepared your team will be and the more fun you will have at your KidWind Challenge. Some teams will spend months preparing, others just a few weeks. Like all things the more time you put in the better your end products will be!