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The Challenge is the ultimate wind energy learning experience for students. High school students around the country are exploring wind energy through the hands-on, investigative, and exciting KidWind Challenge!


The Challenge is the ultimate wind energy learning experience for students. High school students around the country are exploring wind energy through the hands-on, investigative and exciting KidWind Challenge!

When students participate in a KidWind Challenge they will:

  • Discover the promise and limitations of wind energy technology.
  • Design, build and test a functional creative wind turbine.
  • Compete with their peers in a supportive environment.

Each team that registers must build and design their own turbine. You will not be allowed to modify another team’s turbine and use it for testing.

You cannot have one turbine shared between teams and simply change blades or other parts for each team.

Your team’s turbine must be able to fit inside the wind tunnel and must be able to operate within the 48” × 48” internal dimensions of the wind tunnel. It is highly recommended that you design your turbine to fit with plenty of room within these dimensions. Sandbags or other weights will be available to hold the turbine in place within the tunnel if required.

There are no budgetary restrictions for your turbine design, but it is important to keep in mind that part of the judging process is the economical use of resources. Please use materials responsibly. There are two divisions where teams can participate in the competition. Teams must choose which division they will be competing in prior to the Annual Convention.


Critical Dates

  • Team Resources, Registration & Application

    For NEW teams: Visit the below KidWind links to learn more about the competition and how to create a team. 

    • Plan for KidWind
    • Rules and Judging Rubric for Kidwind
    • Gear for KidWind (you do not have to purchase kits, its highly suggested you recycle materials around your classroom/home!
    • Building guidelines & resources for KidWind
    • Take a look and sign-up for upcoming workshops here
  • All KidWind Teams NSBE Registration

    ALL teams are required to submit a registration application for NSBE’s KidWind 2023 – 2024 competition at Annual Convention. 

    • 4 – 8 grade application here
    • 9 – 12 grade application here

    Registration deadline is Monday, January 8, 2024 Participation confirmation will be sent out by Monday, January 29, 2024

  • National Competition

    Held at NSBE’s Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA

Black Excellence Engineered

We envision a world in which engineering is a mainstream word in homes and communities of color, and all Black students can envision themselves as engineers. In this world, Blacks exceed parity in entering engineering fields, earning degrees, and succeeding professionally.
The NSBE membership year spans August 1 – July 31.

The membership fee is $5 annually. There may be additional chapter and regional dues you have to pay to be considered a fully active member.
If you choose not to be affiliated with a chapter in your local area, you will be considered a member “At-Large," classified by your geographical region. Members At-Large receive the same national benefits as those who belong to a chapter.

If you have any questions, please contact NSBE's Membership and Registration team at membership@nsbe.org.