The goal of this innovative project is to introduce teachers to the benefits and wonders of wind power through hands-on science activities which are challenging, engaging and address state and federal science and technology standards. Teachers will be able to take what they learn in hands-on workshops into their classrooms thereby exposing hundreds, if not thousands of students to wind energy.
Through the KidWind Project, FPL Energy will be sponsoring a series of one-day workshops that will introduce teachers to a variety of topics in wind energy and technology. The workshops are split between lecture and hands-on lessons related to wind energy and technology. Teachers will also be provided with classroom materials and a comprehensive curriculum package so that they can bring the lessons learned in the workshop back to their students.
A highlight of each workshop is a tour of an FPL Energy wind farm. “The opportunity for teachers to go on a tour of an actual wind farm will be a huge hit and will definitely help teachers understand the scale and promise of this renewable resource,” said Michael Arquin, founder and managing director of KidWind.
FPL Energy is the nation's leader in wind energy, with 48 wind facilities in operation in 15 states with a capacity of over 3,600 MW as of July 2006.
The KidWind Project is a team of teachers, students, engineers and practitioners exploring the science behind wind energy in classrooms around the US. Since 2003 KidWind has introduced thousands of teachers and students all over the US to the elegance of wind power through hands-on science activities and teacher workshops.