Kidwind Educator Workshops

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2022 Dates and Locations:

  • Green Bay, WI: NWTC Great Lakes Energy Education Center | Wednesday, Sept 28, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm | Register here.

  • Eau Claire, WI: Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley | Wednesday, October, 19th | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | Register here.

Space is limited so register today!

Got a few teachers who are interested in the workshop? Want to be notified when 2022 dates and locations are set? Fill out this form.


Workshop Description

The Wisconsin Energy Institute, Wisconsin's K-12 Energy Education Program, and KidWind are excited to bring the KidWind Educator Workshop to communities across Wisconsin. Join us and learn how to explore the power of wind and solar with your students!

Review energy and electricity basics, design and test blades in a wind tunnel, use KEEP's newest lending resource, Solar Tilt Kits, and preview ready-to-use curriculum for integrating renewable energy into your lessons! Participants will leave with the resources and confidence to use wind energy as a lens into hands-on science, technology, and engineering exploration in the classroom.

During these half-day workshops, you’ll also learn about the annual WI KidWind Challenge, gain tips and tricks for coaching student teams through the process of designing and constructing small-scale turbines, and get some free gear!

The energy-based content, combined with practical standards-connected activities, will make it easy to bring renewable energy to your classroom. This workshop will serve as a refresher if you have previously attended a KidWind Challenge, and will be helpful even if you are not yet sure about attending the next KidWind Challenge in 2023.

Workshops are open to formal and non-formal educators. KidWind materials are best for 4-12th grade students. Certificates of attendance and substitute reimbursement to school districts (up to $150/educator) will be provided upon request.  

Workshop cost: $15. (If you are an educator in CESA 10 education district, please contact wnelson@cesa10.k12.wi.us for more information about getting your registration fee covered.)

Register here.


Fall 2022 Virtual KidWind Workshops

These workshops are hosted by our partners at the National KidWind Organization. Take advantage of them!

  • Wind Energy 101 - Tuesday Oct 25th 5-7PM CT

  • Solar Energy 101 - November 3rd 5-7PM CT

  • Power Grid Basics - Saturday December 3rd 9 -11 AM CT

  • Hydropower 101- Tuesday December 13th - 5-7 PM CT

ONLY $10! With generous support from KidWind partners at CREATE, we are able to offer scholarships to 6-12th grade STEM teachers who are taking courses for the first time. Use the code CREATE2023 to get $140 off your registration.

SIGN UP FOR A VIRTUAL WORKSHOP HERE.


Need more WI KidWind? Come to Coaches' Happy Hours:

Join us for a virtual casual drop-in hour to chat with other coaches, share ideas, and ask questions. KidWind advisors and organizers will be on hand to answer all your questions - from engineering and design tips and tricks, to FAQ about the registration process and what to expect on Challenge Day. Come for the whole hour or just a portion! Having a team is not a prerequisite. All are welcome to come and inquire about Wisconsin KidWind. 


Keep in touch!

To be added to an email list for upcoming workshops and KidWind opportunities, fill out this form.

Questions or comments? Email outreach@energy.wisc.edu 

Learn more about the KidWind Challenge here.


Past Workshops

  • Friday, August 6th 2021, Green and Healthy Schools Conference KidWind Exhibit, Fondy Park and Farmers Market, Milwaukee, WI
  • Saturday, Sept 18th, 2021, UW–Madison Arboretum, Madison, WI 
  • Thursday, October 21st, 2021, Pablo Center at the Confluence, Eau Claire, WI 
  • Wednesday, October 27th, 2021, Vincent High School, Milwaukee, WI 

For a recorded overview of the KidWind Program in Wisconsin, click here >> 


 

Educators pose for a photo during a previous KidWind Workshop. They show off their turbines and stand behind an EDP Renewables banner. Educators pose for a photo during a previous KidWind Workshop, showing off their turbines. Dick Anderson
A teacher and the workshop instructor work on attaching a hub and blade set to the turbine in front of a box fan. During the workshop participants learn about blade design concepts throughs hands on activities that are ready for the classroom.
Kidwind Workshop