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Wind Challenge


Michal Kawka
Career and Technical Education Advisor, (541) 506-6022

May 2, 2015, 9 am - 5 pm


Registration for the 2015 Wind Challenge is now open! Sign up one or multiple teams of three to six students from your middle school or high school to participate in this creative, hands-on event that fuels students’ interest in science, engineering and clean energy.

Registration is open to first 40 teams.

  • There is no cost to participate!
  • No preparation is required. Students will build, test and present their wind turbine models during the event.
  • Teams will be provided with parts, tools, materials, and mentors to build wind turbine models.

2015 Wind Challenge is organized by Columbia Gorge Community College and Google. This year’s event will take place on May 2, 2015 in the CGCC Workforce Center at the CGCC’s The Dalles Campus.

About the event

During the event, teams of middle school and high school students will learn about wind turbine technology and design, and apply their new skills in an all-day competition to build, test and present their wind turbine models to a group of judges.

There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes given to three high school teams and three middle school teams whose wind turbines have the strongest mechanical power, fastest speed for transferring the kinetic energy, and the most electrical power generated. 

For Participating Teams

High schools and middle schools are welcome to register teams of three to six students. Schools may register more than one team.

Student will use the Teacher Geek Geared Wind Turbine Kits to build their wind turbine models.

Wind Turbine Kit Assembly Instructions:

The kits and all the parts, materials and tools will be provided to teams on the day of the event.

Preparation (Optional):

No preparation for the event is required, but teams are encouraged to study the following lesson plans to better understand the science and technology used in wind turbines.

Optional Tours

Teams are also invited to learn about wind energy by touring the CGCC’s Renewable Energy Technology program. A tour with interactive lab presentations could be scheduled at any time before the event. For more information, contact the college at (541) 506-6011.