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The 2021 REcharge Academy has gone virtual!  While we would have loved to bring a bunch of educators from all over the US together this summer -- it still seems like the world is not ready for that.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we can meet up together in 2021 - I am really hoping we can go back to RI again!

We found it hard to Zoom for 4 days in a row last summer so we are changing things up! Participants will be required to attend an initial orientation basics course and then over the summer there will be a variety of courses that you can select depending on your interests.

Mandatory Meeting

6/24 - REcharge Academy Orientation, Energy Justice, Energy Basics & the Power Grid

Attend Three Sessions (minimum)

  • 6/28 Wind 101 - Wind Basics, MacGyver Wind and Classroom Turbines
  • 7/1 Wind 201 - Siting, Offshore Wind, Advanced Gens, Blades & Gearboxes
  • 7/12 Solar 101 - Solar PV Projects, Solar Thermal Projects
  • 7/15 Solar 201 - Siting Solar, Advanced Solar Projects
  • 8/13 Hydro & Marine Power 101
  • 8/20 EV, Batteries & Storage 101 
  • 9/25 Microcontrollers & Renewable Energy Projects

    We will also offer a variety of 1-2 hour sessions like virtual tours and guest speakers. The times and dates of these events will be posted in June 2021.

    In order to get your REcharge Academy Certification attendees must attend the kick off meeting on Thursday, June 24th and then at least three other scheduled trainings during the summer.  We may consider a collection of Virtual Tours and Guest Speaker events as constituting attending one scheduled training.

    What is a REcharge Academy?

    Now in its 14th year, the REcharge Academy is our flagship educator training program focused around renewable energy. The intensive training blends lectures from experts and tours of energy facilities with replicable hands-on K-12 lessons to give educators content as well as context. The REcharge Academy combines materials from REcharge Labs, WindWise, KidWind, NEED, WhiteBox Learning and Vernier, as well as many other materials we find applicable and useful in the classroom.

    Over the past 13 years over 500 educators of all types have attended our REcharge Academies from all over the world and have impacted thousands of students and educators all over the globe.

    Once an educator attends a REcharge Academy, they are considered a REcharge Instructor for life and become part of our extended family! Instructors may just incorporate lessons and curriculum into their own classrooms, or they may go further and work with local schools and districts to share the resources they’ve explored or train other teachers in wind and solar.

    Our REcharge Instructors are critical actors who can help educate the world about about renewable energy. They also help our team develop and test new materials and help KidWind hold over 50 regional KidWind Challenge events. We estimate that each year our network of Instructors train at least 1,000 educators and impact 30,000 students through workshops and outreach events.

    Here's what Instructors have to say about our 2020-21 Virtual Workshops:

  • “Absolutely tons of fun, information, and once in a lifetime opportunity!”
  • “Amazing and most applicable workshop I have been to in a long time!”
  • "Thank you so much - I've already started using these materials in my classroom and even some of my "never do any work ever" kids actually participated and said (I quote) "This was actually pretty fun." Be still my heart."
  • "Excellent workshop! Mike knows his subject, understands the complexities of the classroom, and is able to package content, tools and teaching strategies for successful classroom implementation."
  • "There is a perfect mixture of inquiry, background knowledge, group builds and resources. I could sit in on his sessions multiple times. Having kits provided and able to work at home is perfect."

    2022 REcharge Academy Fees & Scholarships

    The cost to attend the 2021 Virtual REcharge Academy is $800.

    This will cover your participation at the kick off event and up to 3 other workshops.  It includes $400 in gear and equipment that will be shipped to you ahead of your workshop. 

    If you wish to attend more than 3 workshops, you will be asked to pay $80 per course to cover additional material and shipping costs for that course.  

    Tuition Payment

    Attendees can pay their REcharge Academy tuition in many ways:

  • Purchase Orders from Schools
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Scholarship

    Scholarship applicants should wait to pay their tuition until they have heard from KidWind about any awards they may receive. Once your award is made, we will send you an invoice for any remaining charges to attend the 2021 Academy.

    If you have the funds to cover your tuition and/or you are not applying for or expecting a scholarship, let us know and we can get you an invoice to start processing right away.

    All attendees must pay their tuition by June 10th, 2021 in order to attend the Academy.

    2021 Scholarship Funds

    We have many different kinds of scholarships and they are usually limited to a geographic region. 

    We can offer the following support:

  • Partial Tuition Scholarship
  • Full Tuition Scholarship 

    2021 Scholarship Locations

    NREL Wind For Schools: 12 scholarships from Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, or Virginia.

    Pattern Energy: New Mexico

    EDP Renewables North America: Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Washington, Oregon

    Orsted: Texas - Up to eight teachers from four ISDs in South TX: Pawnee, Pettus, Needville, and Tidehaven ISDs


    We are currently able to offer a certificate verifying 24 hours of contact time.

    Sponsor an educator!

    Support renewable energy education in areas important to your company by sponsoring local educators to attend. By sponsoring a REcharge Academy Instructor, you are helping to increase local understanding of renewable energy on an individual and community-wide scale. These trained experts can be one of your biggest assets in challenging development environments.

    What does it cost?

    At a minimum companies must cover the cost of tuition. In 2021, the cost to attend the academy is $800.  We recommend that companies set aside $1,000 per educator that they wish to scholarship. These funds will cover tuition and an attendance stipend ($200).

    How do you find motivated educators?

    Companies can work with local districts to select teachers to attend. The KidWind Project can be part of this process and offer advice if needed. If sponsors do not have the time or knowledge to find educators to sponsor, KidWind can manage the entire process as long as we know the areas you want us to target. We can even set up a competitive process in regions through an application process.

    What kind of educators should attend an REcharge Academy?

    We seek all kinds of educators to attend our program. They can be classroom teachers, after school educators, educators who work in informal environments like museums and makerspaces. We seek teachers with the following characteristics, although none are requirements:

  • Grade level and innovative teaching experience
  • Been teaching for at least 5 years
  • Some basic knowledge of renewable energy
  • Network of local partners interested in similar projects in your area
  • Previous experience with teacher training outreach
  • Attendance and participation at previous KidWind events

    When should we get started?

    Early is better than later. It can take some time to find the high quality, motivated teachers that really have impact. These teachers usually spend their summers improving their skills and plan their summers early. We recommend having scholarship programs in place by January so that we have enough time to find teachers and their schedules are still open.

    What happens after an educator is trained?

    These newly trained REcharge Instructors are tremendous assets in communities. They can hold wind energy trainings, help with local outreach events, or they can even help to organize KidWind Challenges. They are basically your local ‘boots on the ground’ when it comes to K-12 outreach.


    Contact us today to set up program all it takes is a few minutes. Things we need to know include: What area(s) do you want to target? How many scholarships do you want to offer?

  • Date(s)

    Jun 24, 2021 – Sep 14, 2021



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