Who is KidWind?
The KidWind Project, an international leader in renewable energy education, has been committed to teaching the world about renewables for over 16 years. As the world is increasingly powered by wind and solar energy, it is more critical than ever that we develop a workforce and public who understand the complexities of this new power generation.
The KidWind Project began in 2003 when founder and director, Michael Arquin, was teaching sixth grade science in California. Unhappy with the poor quality of products and curricula available for teaching wind energy science, he set out to develop new materials. After an initial investment of $1,000 and a fellowship at the Wright Center for Science Education at Tufts University, he developed a new approach to educating the world about wind energy.
Since 2009, KidWind Challenge events have been successfully implemented in 38 states, with roughly 35,000 students competing in 240 events across the country to date. Our materials and tools are used by thousands of educators in classrooms and community spaces across the globe. KidWind and our global team of amazing REcharge Instructors focus on three primary areas: educator training, curricular material development, and the KidWind Challenge.
The 2019-2020 season was quite the year — from our founder, Mike Arquin’s, September heart, to the COVID19 pandemic shutdowns in March, and a renewed movement for racial justice in May. This year has given us ample opportunity and motivation to reevaluate and reorient our mission and goals as we head into the 2020-2021 season.
As we take stock of the year and look forward to what teachers and students need to navigate this new educational reality, we are focused on four larger initiatives:
At the end of 2019 we launched a new non-profit, Gale Force Education, that will assume all KidWind & Recharge Labs programming and materials. We have a great Board eager to contribute to our goal of growing and expanding KidWind’s impact.
While there is a lot of work to do to prepare for our digital focused education and outreach, we look forward to helping students and teachers find their footing and engage with renewable energy in this quickly evolving educational landscape.
We hope we can count on your support and partnership in 2020-21.
Current Initiatives and Programming: 2020-2021
In response to the ongoing impacts of COVID19 on schools, we have ramped up our investment in the Online KidWind Challenge. This includes increased video support, webinars, free materials, and website enhancements. This year, we are working towards the goal of 2000 online challenge project submissions. Learn more
While the 2019-20 KidWind Challenge season was dramatically impacted by COVID19, we are forging ahead with planning for the 2020-21 season. Our goal is to hold 40 regional KidWind Challenge events that will lead to the June 2021 National KidWind Challenge in Indianapolis.
Gale Force Academy
We are currently working to move our robust training space online. Our goal is to translate our live workshops into digital mini courses so that teachers from around the world can grow their capacity for renewable energy teaching at safely and at their own pace. Each course will be coupled with a package of materials and Continuing Education Units will be available to educators upon course completion. The course offerings will be designed, facilitated, and evaluated by our network of master REcharge Instructors with the aim to provide hands-on, dynamic virtual experiences for educators.
While the 2020 REcharge Academy was cancelled, we are pivoting to an online REcharge Academy that will allow educators to explore renewable energy concepts and activities from their homes and launch the Gale Force Academy.
Virtual Renewable Energy Education Summit (Fall 2020)
In partnership with Wind for Schools and Repowering Schools, we are working to organize and execute a virtual Renewable Energy Education Summit. The purpose of this day-long virtual summit is to bring together 100 leading educators, researchers and practitioners from around the world to share best practices, coordinate research around energy education, update educators’ knowledge around the current state of renewable energy globally. Interested in attending?
LEARN Web Portal
We have rededicated ourselves to building a dynamic and engaging online resource for students and educators to grown their understanding of renewable energy. This LEARN portal will offer content on the science of the power grid and renewable energy technologies, as well as advocacy and policy-oriented content.
KidWind Materials Update
We are updating our curricular materials to refresh activities, refresh data, and align lessons to the Next Generation Science Standards. We are also making these resources more web friendly and providing updated PowerPoints, images, and videos to supplement these materials.
KidWind is committed to connecting students from diverse backgrounds to the opportunities available in the growing renewable energy sector. This year, we will expand our partnerships with the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Women of Renewable Industries & Sustainable Environments (WRISE) and work to establish a new partnership with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) in order to provide expanded mentorship opportunities. With these partners, we aim to provide mentors and event judges that better represent the diverse students participating in the KidWind Challenge. This work is necessary to help our students reimagine who does and who can work in the industry.
KidWind sponsors are committed to facilitating the development of new tools and materials for students and educators,bringing renewable energy education into classrooms across the U.S., and connecting with communities where they work.
We are offering four levels of sponsorship for small-scale, local, regional, and national level programming: Breezy Backers, Wind Riders, High Flyers, and Gale Force. Each level supports a particular set of initiatives and events.
KidWind support is now tax deductible through our non-profit, Gale Force Education. See the attached portfolio of programming to find support opportunities that best match your organization's interest. Please send any sponsorship inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|What Are You Supporting?||Gale Force||High Flyers||Wind Riders||Breezy Backers|
|Building Core National Programming|
|Programming in Multiple States|
|Gale Force Academy|
|Sending Educators to REcharge Academy|
|Development of Online Professional Development Courses|
|Benefits||Gale Force||High Flyers||Wind Riders||Breezy Backers|
|Recognition on the KidWind Website|
|Direct Funds to Projects that Matter to Your Organization|
|Direct Funds to Locations that Matter to Your Organization|
|Use of KidWind Logo|
|Branding on National KidWind Challenge Materials|
|Landing Page on the KidWind Website|
|Branding on Regional Event Materials|