Third Annual Canadian BMO KidWind Challenge


Edmonton City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton AB T5J 2R7

Event Documents

Grades 9-12 students building 2 foot wind turbines and testing them in a real wind tunnel
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 9:00am to 2:00pm


The International Wind Energy Academy hosts an annual event called the KidWind Challenge. As part of this challenge we have students in grades 9-12 design, build, and test their own 2 foot wind turbines in our fabricated wind tunnel. The event is free for participants and we provide certain materials while leaving the majority of the design and construction up to the students. The goal of this event is to get students excited to learn about science, engineering and renewable energy at a manageable scale. Please find additional information below:

What: Use any parts or recycled materials you can find along with provided generator kit to create the most efficient and strong two foot turbine. The teams will test their turbine to see how much electricity it generates in a real wind tunnel!

When: 9am-2pm March 5, 2014

Where: Edmonton City Hall

Why: To allow grade 9-12 Edmonton area students a chance to build and test hand-crafted wind turbines to see who can produce the greatest amount of electricity.
(Keep in mind that the final score has many contributing factors besides electricty generation, see link below for rubric)

Part of team's score is based on certain questions and criteria which is in the hands of the judges. We need industry involvement to act as judges to speak with the students as part of this. Please see the judging rubric below for more information. We also provide prizes related to science, engineering and renewable energy to participants.

We are looking to make this event much more than just our challenge. We want to use this opportunity to educate the students on sustainability and renewable energy as a whole. We are hoping to have groups such as Edmonton Waste Management - recycling and composting, The Way We Green - home energy tent, Student Led Initiatives for Sustainability Education, Solar Energy Society of Alberta - solar trailer and electric vehicle, and a few others. The event will run for about 4 hours, and the students will each only have 30 minutes of testing, so we are looking to find a few more activities to keep the students busy.

Our goal is to have 16 teams with 5 members in each (allowing the minimum of one student) from around the Edmonton area to compete in the challenge.

In the links below you will be able to find information regarding the KidWind Challenge as well as pictures and videos from last years event.

Rules book:
Judging Rubric:
Photos from last year:
A video from last year's event from Shaw:

Please let me know if you have any questions. Also, if you or someone you know has a child who would be interested in participating, please have them get in touch with me. I look forward to speaking with you about this exciting event!

Colin Pischke
Wind Energy Community Liaison
International Wind Energy Academy
Ph. 780-293-3468