Four VBCPS teams heading to KidWind national tournament

UPDATE: At the 2014 National KidWind Challenge, Landstown High School won second and Kellam High School won the coach’s award. The first-ever national challenge was held in Washington, DC and, according to the KidWind website, invited all winners from this year’s KidWind Challenge Events and the monthly Challenge Online champs to compete head-to-head. More than 200,000 people from all over the world came out to the competition. Check out the updated photos on the VBSchools Facebook page.

What a weekend!

Four Virginia Beach schools placed in this year’s regional KidWind Challenge, and will move on to the national tournament, which will be held next month in Washington D.C.

The competition, which was held Saturday at the new Kellam High School, challenged students to explore the development of wind energy by having them design and construct their own wind turbines. These handmade turbines were then tested within a portable wind tunnel and judged accordingly.

DSC_0047More than a dozen teams from across the region took part in this year’s challenge, and Virginia Beach swept the top three places for the high school competition with Kellam High School placing first, Landstown High placing second and Salem High placing third. Brandon Middle School came in second in the middle school competition, which also qualified them for Nationals.

DSC_0048Even our elementary schools got in the fun. Though the competitions were designated for middle and high schoolers, students in fourth-grade and above could enter teams. North Landing Elementary entered in a team to try their hand at wind energy.

Congratulations and good luck in April! Check out more pictures from the event on the VBSchools Facebook page.

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