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2017/18 Corporate Sponsors

Vernier 2fb0098382f50b20636402b9521887f892463f9b6fa7d0baaad67f7e393507df $50,000 (National & State Challenges)
Logo nrel e4854d31ee5e7fadd887c62fe92631afab66dc81435bae0da34e5e6533bf6c40 $16,500 (National Challenge)

Affiliate Support

Dominion 8ee2fbd39a73283cfa76a6307863c285d6280da5616cc4051e57a9eb8c5f08f3 $25,000 (VA State Challenges)

Our 2017 summer fundraising campaign raised over 100K that will be used to kickoff KidWind Challenges and trainings all over the US. Our campaign has also sparked conversations with a wide array of wind companies who are eager to bring wind energy education to classrooms in their region.

We hope to announce their support of KidWind Challenges in the coming weeks and months.

We would like to thank our generous corporate and individual donors who offered their support early and will help make our 2017-18 season a success.

With the funding we currently have in place we are planning to support 20 KidWind Challenges and trainings in 2017-18. See the event map for locations of these events.

Currently we do not have adequate funding to hold a 2018 National KidWind Challenge. Our plan is to continue fundraising for state level challenges and the national challenge through December 1, 2017.

Thanks again for all your support.

Windy Days,

Michael Arquin
Founder and Director KidWind

Why Support Renewable Energy Education?

As the world is increasingly powered by wind energy, it is more critical than ever that we develop a workforce and public who understands the complexities of this new power generation. For over 15 years, KidWind has been committed to teaching the world about wind through curricula, materials and our premiere competition, the KidWind Challenge.

The KidWind Challenge is a hands-on wind turbine design competition that engages 4th-12th grade students in investigative inquiry through the lens of wind energy. The highlight of the event is the performance testing of student-designed wind turbines in powerful 4 foot tall wind tunnels. Students are also asked to document and present their design and construction process, understand the consequences of how we generate and consume energy, and engage in a variety of challenges to gauge their on-the-spot engineering and problem-solving skills.

Since 2009, KidWind Challenge events have been successfully implemented in 22 states, often culminating in a national event. Over the past 8 years, roughly 15,000 students have competed in more than 150 events. During 2016-17, the KidWind Challenge and our partners impacted over 35,000 students who built and tested thousands of turbines. We organized 23 educator workshops, resulting in 24 state-level challenges in 17 states, culminating in a powerful National KidWind Challenge at AWEA’s WINDPOWER in Anaheim, CA.

KidWind’s impact goes far beyond the students who attend a state challenge. More than 70 percent of the educators who attend our local trainings go on to use KidWind lessons and materials in their classrooms to expose students to wind energy concepts and technologies.

Your support of the KidWind Challenge develops a future workforce that understands and is excited by the POWER of WIND.

Join the Gale Force!

We realize that not everyone can provide financial support to the KidWind Challenge. We also need support in the form of mentors, judges and event volunteers. By joining the Gale Force, anyone can join the movement and help drive the power of wind energy education!

The Gale Force is a movement of individuals, organizations, and companies focused on supporting the growth and success of the KidWind Challenge, and the partners, workshops, materials and curricula that make it happen.

All financial supporters are automatically added to the Gale Force.

Join the Gale Force!

Here's how you can help

Now it’s your turn. Help make the 2017-18 KidWind Challenge a reality!


Support the KidWind Challenge as an individual or encourage your organization to sponsor. Check out the benefits.


Get on the list and help at a local training workshop or KidWind Challenge. You can help judge events, mentor students or volunteer in other ways.


Help us get the word out by sharing this on your favorite social media platform! Need ideas of what to share? Check out the KidWind Challenge media page.

If your organization is interested in supporting the Challenge contact Michael Arquin at: