MCHS Engineering Sweeps UVA KidWind Competition

MCHS EngineeringMadison County High School Engineering students spent Saturday, March 21 competing at the UVA KidWind Competition at the School of Architecture in Charlottesville. The National KidWind Challenge at the University of Virginia is hosted by the Global Sustainability Initiative and the Virginia Center for Wind Energy.

The Kid Wind Challenge is a wind turbine design competition for middle and high school students. Teams of two to four students incorporate engineering and science to build powerful small-scale wind turbines and compete with other students from around the state to generate the most electricity. This event is a chance to get students involved and excited about alternative energy and sustainability. On top of gaining teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills, students learn key scientific concepts during their constructions.

The team is coached by MCHS STEM teacher Jessica Gooch.

Competition results:

  • 1st Place and Overall Best Blade Design.  MCHS Sweeping Thunder Twisters: Thomas Shifflett, Nic Smith, Isaiah Breckenridge, Rodney Fox, Skylar Colvin, and Madalyn Estes
  • 2nd Place and Judges Favorite Award.  MCHS The Other Team: Zavion Gentry, Jordan Jasper, and Drew Durham
  • 3rd Place.  MCHS The Corner Group: Aaron Snow, Tristan Posey, Phillip Hughes, Jacob Haynes, and Lily Lambert

Teams competed through the entire judging process in order to qualify for the East Coast Regionals, which includes an energy output test of windmills, having the documentation of design process reviewed, and a 15-minute closed interview with the judges.   Each team had to justify its design and demonstrate knowledge of wind energy on a larger scale.

The judges were so impressed with our students, especially in the interview portion. – Coach Gooch

All champion teams are headed to the East Coast Regionals in April against other powerhouse teams from states like Ohio and New York.

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