KidWind to Host 2022 REcharge Academy in New Mexico
Educators can register now for summer PD to hone their skills on delivering renewable energy lessons and power grid activities to K-12 students
(Saint Paul, Minn.) February 28, 2022 – The KidWind Project, an international leader in clean energy education, has opened registration for its 2022 REcharge Academy. The flagship educator PD program on renewable energy will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico from July 18-21, 2022.
“After two years of doing this program virtually, we are looking forward to returning to an in-person program this year,” said Michael Arquin, founder of KidWind. “This year’s program will focus on the helping educators better understand the power grid and the importance of educating students about how renewable energy intersects with the world’s largest machine.”
Now in its sixteenth year, the REcharge Academy blends lectures from experts and tours of energy facilities with replicable hands-on K-12 lessons to give educators content, as well as context. Educators can anticipate spending days learning about the politics, technologies and economics of renewable energy coupled with a range of engaging activities to use with students around energy concepts.
More than 500 educators from all over the world have attended REcharge Academies and have impacted thousands of students and educators. Once educators complete the courses, they are considered a REcharge Instructor. Instructors may incorporate lessons and curriculum into their own classrooms, or they can work with local schools and districts to share resources and train other teachers in wind and solar energy education. Each year the network of instructors trains at least 1,000 educators and impacts 30,000+ students through workshops and outreach events.
The fee for attending ranges between $1,000 and $1,500 based on accommodation type. Scholarships are also available for educators and can be applied for within the registration form. More than 20 scholarships are available for New Mexico educators, as well as scholarships for educators in 11 additional states and one Canadian province.
Scholarships offer partial or full tuition and cover lodging, food, and more than $200 in classroom gear. These scholarships were made possible through generous contributions from Pattern Energy, EDP Renewables North America, and Orsted.
For more information and to register for the 2022 REcharge Academy, visit: www.kidwind.org/challenge/events/reczK9N3LXhCen6JG.
About the KidWind Project:
The KidWind Project, an international leader in clean 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.