PTA to Offer Gr. 4-8 Wind Turbine Program

The Wynantskill PTA is pleased to announce there is enough initial interest in the 2020 KidWind Challenge to offer the afterschool program this year.

Details are still being planned but the free afterschool program will start in January; students in grades 4-8 will meet on Wednesdays for 12 weeks designing and constructing small wind turbines.

If your child would be interested in the program and/or you would like to volunteer to help the PTA, please email Suada Garcia at the following information.

  1. Name of student
  2. Grade
  3. Parent contact (Name, email & phone #)
  4. If interested in being a volunteer for this after school program

The proposed 12-week program will meet Wednesdays after school starting in January for one to two hours. Plans are still in the preliminary phase and any progress will be communicated accordingly. At this point, there is no transportation provided so families will need to drive students or arrange carpool for meetings and/or competitions. Kid Wind Program only applies to grades 4-8.

What is the KidWind Challenge?

The KidWind Challenge is a hands-on design competition that engages students in STEM through the lens of wind and solar energy. Student teams design and construct small wind turbines that they test, and then meet with a panel of judges to present their design process and demonstrate their contextual knowledge of renewable energy. Teams also engage in a variety of Instant Challenges to gauge their on the-spot teamwork and problem-solving skills. The KidWind Challenge is a team effort of teachers, students, engineers, and practitioners, all working to make wind energy education and other renewable energy education accessible in classrooms around the world. Additional information can be found on

There is no cost to join the KidWind Challenge and GE will provide mentorship program if necessary.

There is no minimum requirement for this program. For teachers/Families/etc. interested in volunteering, GE is planning to host a teacher/volunteer workshop tentatively scheduled for Nov 14.

More information to follow. Thank you.

Posted in District, Elementary School, Middle School.