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.

How to Participate

Integrated into Regional Challenges

This year, many KidWind Challenge events will be fully online or hybrid and will include a Simulation Division as a component of the event. This means that rather than build a physical turbine, student teams will be asked to build a simulated turbine in the WBL Simulator. Not all regional events will include a simulator division and all events will include additional competition elements. Details about participating can be found on each event page and are determined by the event organizer.

Registration for the simulator is $25 per team, for teams of up to 5 students. Each team must have a Coach who will be the primary contact for the team. Once the team registration is approved the Coach will be sent access codes for each student. These codes will allow each student individual access to the WBL software through June 30, 2021.

Check out the KidWind Challenge Map to find an event near you.

Simulation OPEN Class

Separate from the regional KidWind Challenges we are sponsoring a worldwide OPEN Class Challenge using a newly updated simulator. This means that students all over the globe will compete virtually as they design wind turbines and wind farms.

There will be three divisions (4-5, 6-8, 9-12). Students can participate alone or on a team. If you are on a team please note that each participant's performance in the sim will be aggregated using an algorithm that includes all team members' scores. Teams will be free to use the simulator till June 30th.

We will post a weekly leaderboard of top performing teams or individuals for the Open Class. On May 8th the Open Class Challenge will close and the top 10 teams will be awarded prizes. These top performers will also be invited to the 2021 National KidWind Challenge which will happen in early June. Participation is totally optional.

Registration for the Simulation Open Class is $25 per Coach, with each Coach able to register up to 5 students (they can be team or individuals). Once the registration is approved the Coach will be sent access codes for each student. These codes will allow each student individual access to the WBL software through June 30, 2021.

We do have scholarships available. Please fill out this form.