Renewable Energy Design Challenge

Students will harness their imaginations, creativity, and technical ability while fulfilling curriculum expectations.


Let’s build solar cars and wind turbines!

Choose either a Solar Design Challenge or a Wind Design Challenge for your class. Students will participate in a Plug in the Sun or Capture the Wind workshop, followed by designing and building renewable energy models.

We offer virtual and in-person options for these programs. All challenges include a Teacher Building Guide and the essential building materials. Students are tasked to use found or recycled items to complete and enhance their models.

Each challenge includes materials for 6 models, which students will work in small groups to complete.

Wind Design Challenge

Your students will build a model wind turbine that generates electricity. This is an engineering activity that involves creativity, problem solving and teamwork. Students are provided building materials for blades, the rotor and the wiring for a load. Students also are provided one multimeter to be shared by the class. Your class will receive materials for 6 wind turbines.

Solar Design Challenge

The solar car challenge is a hands-on building activity that involves circuits, electricity, and renewable energy. The Solar Design Challenge builds upon the excitement from our Plug in the Sun workshop and gives students the freedom to create their own cars. Students are provided with a solar panel, motor, axle, gears, wheel and body. Your class will receive materials for 6 solar cars.

Design Challenge Fees

$395 per class for Wind Design Challenge

$395 per class for Solar Design Challenge

Cost of Shipping is not included in these fees and will be added additionally after your order is confirmed.


The students loved building the turbines and they were SO proud of themselves and excited when they got the light bulb to light up!

Grade 5 Teacher