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U.S. DOE's Wind for Schools Program

Wind Powering America and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched the Wind for Schools project in 2005 by conducting a pilot project in Colorado that resulted in one small wind turbine installed in Walsenburg, wind energy curriculum development, and a great deal of enthusiasm for the Wind for Schools project's potential. The Wind for Schools project works to replicate the process piloted in Walsenburg by installing many more small wind turbines, engaging local citizens in a wind energy discussion, and developing a knowledge base for wind energy within schools.


The general approach of the Wind for Schools project is to install small wind turbines at rural elementary and secondary schools (hosts) while developing Wind Application Centers at higher education institutions. Teacher training and hands-on curricula are implemented at each host school to bring the wind turbine into the classroom through interactive and interschool wind-related research tasks. The students at the Wind Application Centers assist in the assessment, design, and installation of the small wind systems at the host schools, acting as wind energy consultants. They also participate in-class work and other engineering projects in the wind energy field, preparing them to enter the wind workforce once they graduate. Read more about how the Wind for Schools project works

Wind Energy Systems

The focus of the Wind for Schools project is to implement wind technology primarily for educational purposes. With education as the primary driver, the Wind for Schools system must:
  1. be easy to implement and interconnect to the school's electrical grid
  2. be small enough so that all of the system generation will be used at the school
  3. have integrated data logging to provide data for use in the classroom. 

The standard Wind for School system consists of a SkyStream 3.7, 2.4-kW wind turbine on a 45-ft monopole tower.

Wind Energy Curricula

Through the Wind for Schools program activity, curricula is being developed and implemented at both the university and K-12 level. 

At the university level the program is aimed at educating college students in wind energy applications with a focus on hands-on small wind project development through classes and field work. 

Curricula is developed and shared among the Wind Application Centers, each typically focusing on specific technical areas that are the strengths of the respective professors and institutions. 

Providing educational opportunities at the primary and secondary level is also crucial to the project's aim of developing a workforce for the future. This aspect is completed by implementing age-appropriate curricula produced by the NEED project and KidWind. This hands-on, interactive curricula is supported through teacher training workshops in each of the states, sponsored by the Wind for Schools project. 

Both NEED and KidWind have free materials that are available for download.  Readers are encouraged to visit their sites to register and download the materials.  For sure, you'll want to visit the KidWind site to download their WindWise materials.  But we have also downloaded some materials from both sites and make them available in the download section below.

The Wind Powering America also provides links to additional teaching materials.
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