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2017/18 Corporate Sponsors

Vernier 2fb0098382f50b20636402b9521887f892463f9b6fa7d0baaad67f7e393507df $40,000 (State) $10,000 (National)
Bef b382a04432020a02ee88ae5fd6fbd35d73430ef611db16e93baebab8d92c5b09 $38,000 (State)
Logo nrel e4854d31ee5e7fadd887c62fe92631afab66dc81435bae0da34e5e6533bf6c40 $15,000 (State) $10,000 (National)
Apex 7899fc67784b25efc728710e57e2ca26cf6c5e9aed67b1482a7e40999ecb1766 $5,000 (State)
Harbec 30df122eca3ddfc1fe17a3def8d21b45ab72e827144144c53676d47ed89d7250 $3,000 (State)
Pattern 5af627216b3d1d8ca929a48991034faa10f628ca7694c8942b92ca8afcb284f4 $10,000 (National)
Edpr 488d1d4f71961116778204dd3643fa26cd8822e1bcc4eca14c3cceea4be81a70 $5,000 (State) $10,000 (National)
CO Wind for Schools $5,000 (State)
Enel 287e9235c33be34896fa79ce05d54c6e37a8da43a46cde1b855ac3265ce52da7 $5,000 (State)
Aec 86dbbaf7748cd594177126a0f2f1566673850694baa5a1525950e2a88f03d10e $2,500 (State)

Individual donors: $3,477.17

Affiliate Support

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

As of 1/10/18 we have raised $161,977 from our corporate and individual donors. This is awesome!

These funds will allow us to sponsor 27 State Level KidWind Challenges, hold 21 workshops and distribute close to 31K worth of gear to educators and teams!

With recent support from Pattern Energy and EDP Renewables, and prior support from Vernier and NREL we have raised enough money to hold the 2018 National KidWind Challenge at WINDPOWER in Chicago on May 8-10. This will be held in conjunction with the Collegiate Wind Competition as we did in 2016 in New Orleans! This transformative event inspires 100s of students each year.

While recent donations have allowed us to make the 2018 National Challenge a reality we are still looking for volunteers and donations to help us make sure all of our events are a success. Take some time and sign up for the Gale Force or make a donation! Excellent rewards await!

Thanks again for all your support.

Windy Days,

Michael Arquin
Founder and Director KidWind

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Here's how you can help

The KidWind Challenge needs many kinds of support. Of course we need dollars, but we also need mentors, judges and event volunteers. All of our supporters - financial, volunteer or advocates - comprise the Gale Force!

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.

Help KidWind teach the world about the Power of Wind!


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.


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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.