KidWind is closely monitoring the latest news about COVID-19 and is in close communication with AWEA event organizers about our National KidWind Challenge. At this point, we are still planning on holding the National KidWind Challenge at CLEANPOWER in Denver this June. If AWEA cancels the June tradeshow, we will likely follow suit. We are working on contingencies should that circumstance arise. For those planning on attending Nationals, we encourage you to only book flights that allow for free cancellation and hold off on your hotel bookings through April. Our hotel blocks will remain available through May 10th.

National KidWind Challenge

Indianapolis, Indiana

The 2020 National KidWind Challenge has been cancelled. We look forward to seeing you in 2021!

June 8-10, 2021

This year's culminating KidWind Challenge will bring together top performing teams from across the nation to compete alongside each other in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The National KidWind Challenge will have three grade-level divisions this year: (1) 4-5th Grade Division; (2) 6-8th Grade Division; (3) 9-12th Grade Division

This year's National KidWind Challenge will be co-located with the Collegiate Wind Competition and include multiple opportunities to meet with and learn from the members of the Collegiate Wind teams.

Where is it?

Indiana Convention Center

Read more about the venue here.

The National KidWind Challenge is held at the AWEA CLEANPOWER Trade Show. This year, our event is downstairs from the main trade show floor. All attendees will be able to access the trade show floor on Thursday morning.

Who's invited?

You must be invited to this event by your local event coordinator or through our central office in order to attend. All students, coaches and families of invited teams are welcome to attend the 2021 National KidWind Challenge.

Tentative schedule

Invited teams who wish to attend the National KidWind Challenge should plan on arriving in Denver by 12pm on Tuesday, June 8th. The National KidWind Challenge will close at 4pm on Thursday, June 10th.

Tuesday, June 8th

12PM - 5PM

Check In + Setup (each team will receive a schedule listing their events at check-in)

1PM - 5PM

Open Tunnel Testing (optional, but recommended)

Wednesday, June 9th

8AM

Kick Off Meeting

8:30AM - 6PM

Competition

Thursday, June 10th

8AM - 12PM

Continued Competition

9AM - 12PM

Turbine Judging Call Backs (if necessary)

9AM - 1PM

Visit Trade Show Floor

2PM - 3PM

Awards Ceremony

3PM - 4PM

Breakdown + Goodbyes

Where to stay

We have secured room blocks at area hotels for KidWind teams, families and chaperones. Please keep in mind that these rates have been negotiated to well under market rate and that the last date to book while honoring this rate is May 10th. All prices are for one room with 2 beds, though you may request a single-bed room for the same rate.

Holiday Inn Express

1715 Tremont Place

303-296-0400

$165

Distance to event

12 min. walk / 11 min. free bus ride

Free breakfast, Free WiFi, Parking

Hampton Inn & Suites

1845 Sherman Street

303-684-8000

$179

Distance to event

15 min. walk / 10 min. city bus ride

Free breakfast, Free WiFi, Parking $30/day

Hilton Garden Inn

1999 Chestnut Place

720-643-1999

$199

Distance to event

25 min. walk / 20 min. free bus ride

Free WiFi, Parking $38/day

Food

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide food during the event. There are many food options both in and around the Convention Center and there will be time during the day to step away from the Challenge and have lunch.

Special events

Welcome Party
Tuesday, June 8th from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Mingle with your fellow KidWinders at our opening night event. Location to be announced

Awards

We will award prizes to top performers across a variety of categories. Possible awards may be trophies, cash and other fun things. In addition to recognizing overall top performing teams, we will award the following:

  • Judges Award
  • Coaches Award
  • Spirit of KidWind Award
  • Rookie Team Award
  • Recognition for Category Winners (power production, judging, instant events)

Giveaway

KidWind Giveaway!

Apply now and start exploring renewable energy at home or in your classroom.