KidWind and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office Launch 2024 National Wind Energy Art Contest

Contest asks K-8 students to create “Beautiful Wind Energy” themed artwork

Through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office, the KidWind Project, an international leader in clean energy education, is opening the call for entries for the 2024 National Wind Energy Art Contest. The theme, “Beautiful Wind Energy,” will highlight the importance of wind energy and renewable energy education.

“We are excited to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office to create another opportunity for students to learn about wind energy,” said Michael Arquin, founder of KidWind. “I look forward to reviewing the submissions and seeing how students interpret what wind energy means to them.”

The contest is for K-8 students, while a teacher, coach, parent or guardian must fill out the form and provide contact information. Two winners from each grade level will be selected to receive $200, as well as the chance to show their work at the nation’s annual CLEANPOWER 2024 conference in Minneapolis from May 5-8, 2024 alongside the World KidWind Challenge. Winning artwork may also be curated at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington D.C., where thousands of energy officials pass by daily.

Students will create artwork on Tabloid 11-by-17 paper, displayed horizontally or vertically, and students in the K-3 grades may also choose to use the optional 8.5-by-11 drawing template. Students must submit original artwork and only one submission per student (adults can submit applications for more than one student). Drawing and painting in any media is accepted (pencil, crayon, markers, watercolor, acrylic, or a combination). No digitally created artwork will be accepted.

Artwork will be scored by a panel of judges on quality of submitted image, theme, knowledge and understanding, and creativity. Resources to help students learn more about wind energy and additional creative suggestions can be found on the art contest’s website.

All work must be submitted through the online form by 12 pm CST on March 22, 2024. Early submissions are encouraged and may be temporarily displayed on the art contest’s website. Depending on the level of the coach, the first 20 submissions in January will receive either a coloring book created by artist Nicole Kelner or a KidWind Mini Wind Turbine Kit.

This contest is possible with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office. For more information about KidWind and the art contest, visit www.kidwind.org/events/art-contest/.

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