Wind Energy Curricula and Teaching Materials
This page provides a list of wind energy curricula and teaching materials for elementary, middle school, and high school students that can bring wind energy into the classroom, even for students at schools without a wind turbine installation.
Developed The Power of the Wind, which consists of one Youth Guide and one Facilitator's Guide. The activities involve young people in the engineering design process as they learn about the wind and its uses. The site also offers videos.
Compiled a list of resources for educators, including lesson plans created using the Idaho State and Common Core Standards.
California Energy Commission
Produced "Wind with Miller," a resource for young students that provides information in short bits, uses interactive tools (calculators, sliding scales, drop-down lists), and presents information with colorful, moving diagrams. Older students can learn about wind energy careers and education opportunities specific to the Danish wind industry.
Educators for the Environment
Produced an online handbook, Energy for Keeps, that includes a wind energy section.
The Futures Channel
Produced The Wind Business, a video about the Maple Ridge Wind Farm in New York. The video introduces students to three engineers who use everything from algebra to physics and problem solving to statistics to provide clean, renewable energy. It is accompanied by a classroom activity.
Provides background information on wind, hands-on learning activities, teacher materials, resources, and links.
Provides lessons and activities for middle-level students. Find background material, lessons and experiments, PowerPoint lectures, and more. The KidWind organization develops these materials on an ongoing basis, tying the curricula to standard testing protocols.
Building out from the curricula developed by KidWInd, WindWise takes a larger modular approach to wind energy education focused primarily for secondary students. The curricula modules cover many different aspects from resource assessment to environmental impacts.
Developed curriculum for students utilizing a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Great River Energy, and Minnesota Power. Curriculum contains an introduction to energy, along with wind energy activities.
Developed a children's book on wind power to encourage interest in construction and in science. The website also offers coloring pages, a vocabulary quiz, crossword puzzles, word searches, and flash cards.
Provides K-12 wind curriculum. Lessons are correlated to state standards and include hands-on curriculum, interdisciplinary activities, and data-based lessons.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Offers student resources on wind energy.
Texas Railroad Commission
Offers wind energy lesson plans.
Provides an animation called "A Guide to the Energy of the Earth."
University of Northern Iowa
Offers wind kits, propeller kits, and wind meters for middle-school kids.
U.S. Department of Energy
EERE provides resources for learning about energy literacy principles.
U.S. Energy Information Agency
Produced Energy Kids, a website that provides information and classroom activities on all energy technologies, including wind energy, for kids.
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