KidWind Simulation Challenge

In partnership with Flinn Scientific’s WhiteBox Learning (WBL), we are excited to announce a special KidWind Challenge for 2021 using the co-developed KidWind 2.0 Wind Turbine Simulator. In this Challenge, students will use the WhiteBox Learning simulation software to construct and test virtual turbines and wind farms.While learning the software takes a little time, students will not need any materials to participate. The only requirement is an internet-connected computer (tablets are not supported). View details on system requirements.

2021 KidWind Simulation Challenge Results

The first ever KidWind Simulation Challenge ended on May 8, 2021. A total of 14 high school and 75 middle school teams competed for an invitation to the National KidWind Challenge. We thank all the students and coaches for trying out this new challenge. We hope to bring it back next year!

The Simulation Challenge allowed students from all over the United States to explore wind turbine blade and wind farm design in a game-like environment. To be selected as a top performer, teams had to master several complex concepts and work through hundreds of iterations to discover the best blade designs and wind farm architecture.

“It has been great partnering with the Flinn team as they worked with us to update the simulator for this new challenge,” said Michael Arquin, founder of KidWind. “We are planning to offer the Simulation Challenge again next year with new wind farm maps and increased complexity in the turbine design aspects of the challenge.”

The 2021 KidWind Simulation Challenge top ten performing teams are listed below.

High School Division

  • Poolesville Falcons (team) from Poolesville High School in Poolesville, MD
  • Haley-Jo R. (individual) from Exeter-West Greenwich Regional High School in West Greenwich, RI
  • Nikolas A. (individual) from Exeter-West Greenwich Regional High School in West Greenwich, RI

Middle School Division

  • Blade Runners (team) from Virginia Beach, VA
  • Watter (team) from the Hockaday School in Dallas, TX
  • Crusty Toes (team) from the Hockaday School in Dallas, TX
  • Arren Buck #1 (team) from Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, NM

This challenge and awards for the top performing teams were made possible through generous contributions from Flinn Scientific, Vernier Software & Technology, and EDP Renewables.

KidWind 2.0 Wind Turbine Simulator

In partnership with Flinn Scientific’s WhiteBox Learning (WBL), we are excited to announce a special KidWind Challenge for 2021 using the co-developed KidWind 2.0 Wind Turbine Simulator. In this Challenge, students will use the WhiteBox Learning simulation software to construct and test virtual turbines and wind farms. While learning the software takes a little time, students will not need any materials to participate. This software can be found in the site linked below.