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Wind Basics and Education

WINDExchange offers resources for anyone wishing to learn about wind energy at any level. Learn about wind energy basics as well as workforce development initiatives, including the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition, the Wind for Schools project, higher education and training programs, wind energy curricula, and tools such as the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Career Map.

A National Skills Assessment of the U.S. Wind Industry

Screenshot of a report cover, reading A National Skills Assessment of the U.S. Wind Industry in 2012.

This report provides the first published investigation into the makeup of the wind energy workforce, the wind energy educational infrastructure, and the future training needs of the wind industry. Analyses in this report are based on the goal of producing 20% of the nation's power from wind energy by 2030.

Learn about Wind

Discover how wind energy generates power, where the best wind resources are, how you can capture and use the power of wind, and how and where wind energy has increased over the past decade.

Workforce Development

Learn about jobs in various sectors of the wind industry, potential pathways for job growth, and training for vital wind energy industry professions such as engineers, technicians, trade workers, researchers, and scientists.

Collegiate Wind Competition

Find out more about the Collegiate Wind Competition, which challenges interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students to tackle pressing wind technology and deployment challenges, providing them with real-world wind experience as they prepare to enter the workforce.

Wind for Schools Project

A young girl with short blond hair standing in a field, blowing on a multicolored pinwheel with several wind turbines in the background.

Read about the Wind for Schools project, which provides a hands-on wind energy experience to hundreds of students from K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities. The project provides a way to introduce communities across the country to wind energy and prepares college students to serve as project consultants for small wind turbine installations at rural elementary and secondary schools. The project also connects K-12 teachers to wind energy and gives K-12 students opportunities to engage in interactive and interschool wind energy research in the classroom.

School Wind Project Locations

Find wind turbines at K-12 schools, community colleges, universities, and education centers using an interactive map that shows the locations of installed and planned wind energy projects at schools across the United States. These schools may incorporate a wind turbine in curricula or hands-on classroom activities, using it to teach lessons about energy production and technology and basic science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills.

Education and Training Programs

WINDExchange maintains an interactive map of wind energy education and training programs at community colleges, universities, and other institutions for those interested in working in the wind industry.

Curricula and Teaching Materials

Find a list of wind energy curricula and teaching materials for elementary, middle school, and high school students that bring wind energy into any classroom.


Find publications, news, and websites with information about schools and wind education.


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