KidWind Offers Virtual Workshops on Renewable Energy Education

Dynamic trainings for educators to learn content knowledge and how to conduct a wide variety of practical activities in K-12 classrooms 

(Saint Paul, Minn.) February 9, 2021 – The KidWind Project, the international leader in clean energy education, has launched an additional round of virtual workshops for this spring. The workshops are topic-specific and designed to help educators teach about renewable energy during distance and hybrid learning. Through the support of the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education (The CREATE Center), KidWind has a number of scholarships available for 6th-12th grade STEM teachers to be able to offer the workshops at a reduced rate.

“Based on the great feedback we received from our virtual workshops in the fall, we added these workshops so more educators can gain the skills needed to teach about renewable energy as they navigate hybrid learning,” said Michael Arquin, founder of KidWind. “The workshops offer educators tools and resources to create hands-on, engaging lessons whether teaching in person or remotely.”

Each topic-specific workshop is six hours long and will have the same format. Workshops will start with background on the topic followed by introducing activities for the classroom to engage students in dynamic, hands-on learning. Educators will also receive a box of materials in advance for use during the workshop and a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop. 

  • Wind Energy Fundamentals, March 20, 2021: Educators will engage with the science and technology of wind power while exploring blade design, power measurement, and wind turbines. Participants can register here
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals, February 20, 2021 and March 27, 2021: Educators will dive into the science and technology of solar energy while exploring solar PV and thermal, power measurement and how to construct creative solar devices. Participants can register here
  • Energy & the Power Grid, March 13, 2021 and April 17, 2021: Educators will bring the power grid alive in the classroom while exploring circuits, power measurement, and simulations. Participants can register here

Workshops and the materials used are geared toward middle school and high school teachers, and no prior knowledge of wind or solar energy is required. Participants will need a stable internet connection and dedicated space in which to work. 

In addition to educators being able to register individually for a workshop, schools and districts that are interested in having 10 or more attendees can schedule their own virtual workshop for their staff. Educators interested in receiving a scholarship, can register with the coupon code, CREATE2021. Scholarship recipients who attend and complete all three of the workshops will receive $200 in bonus gear. 

For more information and to register for the virtual workshops, visit: www.kidwind.org/training/workshops

About the KidWind Project: 
The KidWind Project, an international leader in renewable energy education, has been working with educators and students to integrate renewable energy into classrooms for over 15 years. Since 2004, KidWind has held more than 800 training events for more than 50,000 teachers all over the world. For more information about our trainings, challenges and curricular materials, visit www.kidwind.org.

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