Throughout the United States, the KidWind Challenge takes place with the support of schools or community organizations hosting these events. The Energy Office said it hopes to spark an interest in science and engineering by demonstrating to students the promise and limitations of wind energy technology and development.
The VIEO provides the equipment and tools for the students to construct the turbines, the wind tunnels, and other related materials to test the models for the competition. Last year’s winning team was the St. Croix Education Complex.
Each team is judged and scored based on the following: Energy produced (35 percent), turbine design (30 percent) which includes innovation (10 percent), drive train (10 percent), and innovation (10 percent), written documentation of design (20 percent), and knowledge of wind energy subject matter (15 percent). Students are given the opportunity to use the wind turbine kit provided or can customize their turbine with their own gears, blades, or airfoils.