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Renewable Energy Challenge Rules and Rubrics
Official 2022-23 KidWind Challenge Guidebook

Click Here for both the Wind and Solar Editions

All rules and rubrics are subject to change as we develop the competition. Registered participants will be notified of any changes we make.

Challenge Divisions

Wind Challenge

  • Middle School Division: This division is for any team who has any combination of students in 4th-8th grade
    • KidWind Generator - Your team's turbine uses the provided, pre-made generator from KidWind or elsewhere
    • Homebuilt Generator - Your team's turbine uses a generator made from scratch by the team
  • High School Division: This division is for any team who has any combination of students in 9th-12th grade.
    • KidWind Generator - Your team's turbine uses the provided, pre-made generator from KidWind or elsewhere
    • Homebuilt Generator - Your team's turbine uses a generator made from scratch by the team

Solar Challenge

  • Middle School Division: This division is for any team who has any combination of students in 4th-8th grade.
  • High School Division: This division is for any team who has any combination of students in 9th-12th grade.
Wind Challenge Rubrics

Wind Challenge Rules and Guidelines

Download just the Novice Profile Form

Download just the Advanced Profile Form

Download just the Judging Guidelines

Download the Judging Rubric

Solar Challenge Rubrics

Solar Challenge Rules and Guidelines

Download just the Novice Profile Form

Download just the Advanced Profile Form

Download just the Circuit Diagram Form

Download just the Judging Guidelines

Download the Judging Rubric

Knowledge Quiz

The KidWind Challenge is a well-rounded competition with technical aspects and a thorough judging portion. In addition, we also test the students on their general knowledge of wind and solar energy to ensure they understand the context within which we discuss these technologies. The knowledge quiz is a 15 point multiple-choice quiz that the team takes collaboratively, typically the day of the competition, though this year it will be done virtually. Questions will cover some technical aspects of renewable energy technology, with general questions about energy use and generation, as well as some statistics about states or countries that generate the most electricity from wind or solar. There will also be some Virginia-specific questions such as wind farm sites and renewable energy goals. The KidWind 10 Big Questions provide the basis for most questions generated for this quiz.

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