Kansas KidWind State Finals will be held in Topeka on Saturday


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TOPEKA – Twenty-two teams from 18 schools will travel to Topeka on Saturday with their sights set on winning a state title in the Kansas KidWind Challenge. To qualify for the event, each team placed first or second in their age division at one of six regional competitions held in February and March.  Saturday’s competition will determine the top two teams in each age bracket that will represent Kansas in the National KidWind Challenge in San Antonio, TX.

The state finals will be held at Hotel Topeka at City Center, next door to the Stormont Vail Events Center, beginning at 9 a.m. the event is free and open to the public. Area educators are encouraged to attend to find out more about KidWind and see the fun, excitement and learning firsthand.

To prepare for the KidWind competition, team members work together to design, build and test a wind turbine using the materials of their choice. Each team’s turbine will be put to the test in a 48″ × 48″ wind tunnel at a wind speed of approximately 3.5-5 m/s (meters per second). Scoring is based on turbine performance and efficiency, a knowledge quiz, an instant challenge, and a presentation to judges where the team explains its design process.

Teams participating in the state finals are listed below:

4th -8th Grade Division

  • Terrible Turbines – The Independent School – Wichita
  • Menair – Dodge City Middle School (USD 443) – Dodge City
  • Special Forces – Comanche Middle School (USD 443) – Dodge City
  • Wind Chill – Dighton Middle School (USD 482) – Dighton
  • Wind Hawks – Grinnell Middle School (USD 291) – Grinnell
  • Hutch STEM Blue – Hutchinson STEM Magnet School / Allen Elementary (USD 308) – Hutchinson
  • Gerald la Turbina – Beloit Jr/Sr High School (USD 273) – Beloit
  • KO CO. Windfighters – Centralia Schools (USD 380) – Centralia
  • Lizard Kingdom – Paola Middle School (USD 368) –Paola

9th-12th Grade Division

  • Zephyr – Baldwin High School (USD 348) – Baldwin City
  • The Last Airbender – Baldwin High School (USD 348) – Baldwin City
  • Sunflowin – Dodge City Public Schools (USD 443) – Dodge City
  • Ochoa’s Pilots – Dodge City Public Schools (USD 443) – Dodge City
  • Turbine Turners – Oakley High School – Oakley
  • Thunderhawks – Wheatland High School (USD 292) – Grainfield
  • Cru Winds – Buhler High School (USD 313) – Buhler
  • Wind Gladiators – Sterling High School (USD 376) – Sterling
  • Osage City High School – USD 420 – Osage City
  • Minneapolis High School – USD 239 – Minneapolis
  • Windstars – Nemaha Central (USD 115) – Seneca
  • Dynamic Downums – Paola High School (USD 368) – Paola
  • Potato Guys – Paola High School (USD 368) – Paola

KidWind is an Energy Education Event from the Kansas Corporation Commission and K-State Engineering Extension made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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