Where is Worlds?

The 2024 World KidWind Challenge will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The event will be co-located with the Collegiate Wind Competition.

Same entry rules as always! You must be invited to this event by your local event coordinator or through our central office in order to attend.

KidWind Worlds will have two competitions: the World Wind Turbine Challenge and World Solar Challenge.

The World Wind Turbine Challenge will have three grade-level divisions this year: (1) 4-5th Grade Division; (2) 6-8th Grade Division; (3) 9-12th Grade Division. Turbines within these divisions will be divided into the following categories: KidWind Generator, Homebuilt Generator, Open Generator (non-KidWind, pre-made generator).

The World Solar Challenge will have three divisions: (1) 4-5th Grade Division; (2) 6-8th Grade Division; (3) 9-12th Grade Division.

Invitations will been sent out on an ongoing basis through the end of the KidWind Challenge season. Teams must register by Monday, April 1st. If you have any questions, please email Zella at Zella@KidWind.org.

Who's Invited

Top performers from this year's State, Regional, and Online KidWind Challenges will be invited to attend the 2024 World KidWind Challenge.

Qualifying wind and solar teams will receive an invitation from their local event coordinator or the KidWind office in order to attend with important registration information and details about the event.

Schedule

*All time in Central Time unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, May 4th

Arrival Day!

We encourage teams that have difficult travel route to arrive on Saturday.

Sunday, May 5th

Arrival Day!

Plan to arrive in time to check-in at Hall A in the Minneapolis Convention Center from 1:00-5:00PM.

Here's what you can expect at check-in:
- You'll tell us that you are here! Woohoo!
- You'll get lots of goodies and materials related to the competition.
- You'll find your table area and can get started setting up your turbine and/or solar structure.
- Wind tunnels will be open for pre-competition tunnel testing.
- The earlier you arrive, the faster you'll get your turbine set-up, and the more runs you'll get in each tunnel!

We will close down for the day at 6PM. Teams can leave their turbines and solar structures at their team tables overnight.

Monday, May 6th

Competition Day 1!

Doors open at 8:00AM. Events run from 9:00AM - 6:00PM.

  • 9:00AM: World KidWind Challenge Kick-Off
  • Scheduled: Quizbowl, Judges Presentations, Instant Challenges
  • All Day: Wind Tunnel & Solar Array Testing
  • 6:30PM: Minnesota Twins Game (optional, $5 per ticket)

Tuesday, May 7th

Competition Day 2!

Doors open at 8:00AM. Events run from 9:00AM - 6:00PM.

  • Scheduled: Quizbowl, Judges Presentations, Instant Challenges
  • All Day: Wind Tunnel & Solar Array Testing
  • 12:00-1:30PM: CWC/KidWind Joint Instant Challenge (optional)
  • 6:00-8:00PM: Team Party at a local venue (optional, transportation provided)

Wednesday, May 8th

Closing Day!

Doors open at 8:00AM. Events run from 9:00AM - 12:00PM.

  • 9:00AM: Judges Callbacks (for top teams in MS and HS division)
  • 1:30-2:30PM: AWARDS CEREMONY!
  • 2:30-4:00PM: Breakdown & Pack-Up

Each team's assigned day and time for scheduled events will be listed on the World Challenge website, on the individual Team Page.

Awards

We will present awards to the top performing teams to each division in both the Wind and Solar competitions.

World Wind Turbine Challenge

  • Top 3 performing teams in each grade division (Elementary School, Middle School, and High School)
  • Blade Engineer Award: Best set of blades
  • Best Dressed Turbine: Best looking turbine

World Solar Challenge

  • Top 2 performing teams in each grade division (Elementary School, Middle School, and High School)
  • Brightest Solar Array: Best looking solar design

We will also be present some special awards as listed below:

  • Rookie of the Year: Impressive first-year KidWind teams
  • Innovation Award: Super cool and innovative designs
  • Judge's Award: Judges will select one team in each division that knocked their presentation out of the park
  • Spirit of KidWind: Teams that demonstrates generosity, resilience, and grace over the competition

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