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Renewable Energy Challenge Resources
Coach Training

Recorded Online Sessions:

We encourage our first-time coaches to view one of our recorded informational webinars to learn more about the challenge, the rules, event details, kit resources, and services offered this year.

September 15th Session

September 27th Session

In-Person Regional Coach Workshops:

Coaches will receive their kits, review available resources and some best practices for preparing a team for the challenge, and have some time to try the challenge themselves. 

Roanoke Higher Education Center, Roanoke - November 8th - 3:30-5:30 pm

Abingdon 4H Center - November 29th - 1:00-3:00 pm

Other Opportunities to Learn More and Get Kit Resources:

VAST Booth and Session - November 10th-12th - Williamsburg

First Time Coach Scholarships


This year we will be offering new coach scholarships to help first-time coaches get the resources and support they need to make it to a challenge in the spring. Participants will receive free training, free kit resources, and mentorship. Participants, in turn, are expected to participate in training and weekly calls and attend a Wind or Solar Challenge event. If all obligations are fulfilled, participants will receive a $500-$1000 stipend at the end of the season (the amount depends on funding availability).


CASE YouTube Channel

Our CASE YouTube Channel hosts a variety of activity videos, as well as the guidelines videos and recordings of our past workshops and webinars. 


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We're so proud to showcase this product by past Virginia KidWind participants! Written by father-son duo Grady and Elias Koch, LEGO® Wind Energy explores the engineering and design behind making functioning wind turbines out of LEGO® and Mindstorms EV3.

Build functioning wind turbines that generate electricity; we don’t mean LEGO models that look like miniature wind turbines. This book is for people who want to learn how real turbines work, and to build them using LEGO and Mindstorms EV3.

The complexity of making a wind turbine a can make it difficult to know where to start. This book addresses many aspects of the turbine with practical examples. You'll follow specific design instructions for turbine construction, supported by suggestions and background science to go in new directions. Assembly diagrams are used throughout, made with the Studio utility from Parts are identified in the assembly diagram, as well as in parts lists in the Appendix.

Other Books We Recommend
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer - novel and kids book, now also a Netflix movie
  • My Light by Molly Bang
  • Energy Island by Allan Drummond
  • Wind the World Over By Irene Boland and Vanessa Kellogg. Illustrations by Tamberley Thomas.
  • Catch the Wind By Anne Johnson. Illustrations by Shawn McCann.
  • Catch the Sun By Anne Johnson. Illustrations by Shawn McCann.
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