North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce to host Rhode Island’s first Wind Turbine High School Competition, the KidWind Challenge, at the Community College of Rhode Island

Temporarily suspended – we are hopefully that a modified virtual event will be scheduled giving students from North Kingstown, Pawtucket-Shea, West Warwick, Exeter West Greenwich, Warwick and Cranston, an opportunity to showcase their wind turbine experience and learning.

Through a Real Jobs RI grant, the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce’s WindWinRI program will be conducting Rhode Island’s First High School Wind Turbine Competition in partnership with KidWind Challenge on March 21, 2020 at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) Warwick Campus. The winning team will earn a spot to compete in the 2020 National KidWind Challenge.

“We’re pleased to partner with KidWind Challenge to be one of two states in New England to provide this competition as it builds on the skill sets of the students in helping us build a talent pipeline in the offshore wind energy industry in Rhode Island”, said Kristin Urbach, Executive Director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce.

The KidWind Challenge is a hands-on student wind turbine design competition that engages students in STEM through the lens of wind energy. Student teams design and construct small wind turbines that they test in a wind tunnel and meet with a panel of judges to present their design process and demonstrate their contextual knowledge of wind energy. Teams also engage in a variety of Instant Challenges to gauge their on-the-spot teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Michael Arquin founder of KidWind said “nationally they will host over 38 local KidWind Challenges in 26 states with over 5000 students participating.” There isn’t a fee for schools to participate in either the RI Educator Workshop in October of 2019 or the KidWind Challenge in the Spring of 2020. However, anyone interested in participating in the KidWind Challenge in March of 2020 must register to attend the mandatory Educator Workshop on October 26th from 9 am to 3 pm at the CCRI Warwick Campus.

The RI Educator workshop will review competition requirements and share with teacher’s lessons and activities that will prepare their students for the Challenge. Professors from CCRI will be attendance and will be scheduling time to mentor teachers. Local offshore wind energy industry businesses will be working with high school teams in advance of the competition serving as advisors and judges at the event.
“A robust talent pipeline is critical to ensuring a resilient economy,” said Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jensen. “The KidWind Challenge is a fantastic way to get Rhode Island students excited about the burgeoning offshore wind industry, and we are thrilled that Real Jobs RI can support bringing the State Level KidWind Challenge to Rhode Island.”

To attend the KidWind Challenge RI Educator’s Workshop designed for teachers, coaches, or champions interested in mentoring one or more teams at the Competition (comprised of 2-4 students), you must register in advance by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-kidwind-challenge-workshop-warwick-ri-tickets-74290198985. Teachers who attended our KidWind Recharge Academy last July at URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus last summer are welcome to attend the entire day but can arrive at noon as they’ve received the background industry presentations.