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KidWind Challenge

PA KidWind Challenge

Registration for teams to compete in PA KidWind Solar Challenge 2024 are due by February 28th, 2024!

This year we are offering regional KidWind Challenges and a PA State KidWind Challenge.

If you would like more information about how to get started in the classroom, please visit our google site.

Build and Test Challenge:

Regional Competitions

In order to attend the State competition at Penn State University Park on March 27, 2024, you must attend a regional competition and place in the top three in your division (We reserve the right to adjust the number of qualifiers from each division due to the number of registered participating teams in attendance at each regional competition). You may choose which regional competition you want to attend. We are offering three regional competitions this year at the following locations:

  • Penn State Greater Allegheny - February 16, 2024 with a snow date on February 23, 2024.
  • Penn State Hazleton- February 15, 2024 with a snow date on February 22, 2024.
  • Penn State Altoona- February 27, 2024 with a snow date on February 29, 2024.

State Competition

  • Penn State University Park (HUB-Robeson Center) - March 27, 2024.

More Information

  • Teams will design and build their own blades and incorporate into a turbine system, including a generator, hub, and a gearbox (see KidWind rules).
  • Live presentation- Teams will present a <10 min presentation to the panel of judges on the day of competition. The presentation should document the progression of their turbine design. Teams should also include a description of their design philosophy and how the team iterated on this design or made improvements to the design to increase the performance.

Solar Challenge:

Teams will design a structure that incorporates solar power in order to pump water for an application of their choosing in a remote environment.

  • Penn State University Park (HUB-Robeson Center) - March 27, 2024.

More Information

  • The design will be evaluated be measuring how much water you can pump during the challenge under a variable light condition.
  • Judges will examine the structure and ask questions about the team's design process and application. The solar-powered design will be evaluated on the team's thoughtful, creative, and resourceful design, the innovation and complexity of your circuitry.