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KidWind Opens Registration for its 2024 Simulation Challenge

Students participating in challenge will use Flinn Scientific’s WhiteBox Learning online tools to construct and test virtual turbines

The KidWind Project, an international leader in clean energy education, is launching the 2024 KidWind Simulation Challenge. During the challenge students will use Flinn Scientific’s WhiteBox Learning web-based STEM learning system to virtually construct and test wind turbines and wind farms. To register to compete in this year’s challenge, click here.

“We are excited to partner with Flinn Scientific and WhiteBox Learning again for the fourth year of the Simulation Challenge,” said Michael Arquin, founder of KidWind. “This challenge helps more students compete in our KidWind Challenges which give them the opportunity to learn about important design concepts related to wind energy systems.”

Students can compete in the KidWind Simulation Challenge in one of two divisions: grades 4-8 and grades 9-12. Students can participate alone or on a team of any size and mixed grade levels. Each individual student and team will also need to have a coach who will be the primary contact for the team.

Registration for the KidWind Simulation Challenge is free. Once registered teams receive confirmation codes, each student will have individual access to the WhiteBox Learning software through June 30, 2024. Coaches will receive an Advanced Wind Turbine Kit for each team they register. Students will apply what they learn in the simulator to a real wind turbine and share data with KidWind. “We look forward to seeing what students can build and test after they have explored the simulator software,” added Arquin.

The 2024 KidWind Simulation Challenge will feature a weekly leaderboard of the top performers. Scores are determined by participants’ quiz scores, design iterations, design performance on the turbine and wind farms and how students apply this knowledge to real life.  When the challenge closes on March 15, 2024, the top three performing teams or individuals in each division participating in the challenge will be recognized and invited to participate in the 2024 World KidWind Challenge in Minneapolis in May 2024.

This challenge was made possible through generous contributions from Flinn Scientific and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. For more information about the 2024 KidWind Simulation Challenge, visit: www.kidwind.org/online-challenge/simulation.

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