Kids find the answer blowing in the wind at New Orleans wind convention

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)-  It's the annual National KidWind Challenge.  Student teams from middle schools and high schools around the country are competing for the national title with their hand-crafted wind turbines.

WGNO News with a Twist features reporter Wild Bill Wood shows you how these creative kids have ideas that are blowing in the wind, and then some.

The competing kids have been battling it out regionally and online to meet now in New Orleans for top honors.

All this wind action is happening at the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER 2016 Conference & Exhibition.

What is that?

It's the Western Hemisphere's largest wind power trade show.

The student inventors get to showcase and even test out their homemade wind turbines in front of the biggest wind energy industry experts on Earth.

The National KidWind Challenge Champions get a grand prize of $1,500 in cash and lab equipment for their school.

The categories they compete in are for best design, best teamwork and creativity in solving instant challenges.

The founder of KidWind Challenge says this year's competitors in New Orleans are expected to raise the bar again because these kids just keep getting more innovative and creative.

Founder of KidWind Challenge Michael Arquin says the contest inspires critical thinking, creativity and problem solving skills through hands-on exploration of clean energy.

Let the wind blow them across the finish line!