Join us for an adventure in beautiful Fairbanks, Alaska! Our partners at Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) are helping us put on a REcharge Academy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Troth Yeddha’ campus on the ancestral lands of the Dena people of the lower Tanana River. Learn the unique energy landscape of Alaska with a focus on renewable microgrids. We’ll tour the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (a national laboratory), the microgrid testing lab at Alaska Center for Energy and Power and more. Explore resources and curriculum for teaching about microgrids in your classroom, including efficiency, storage, wind, solar, and transmission.
Apply now! Applications will close at midnight Alaska time on March 15th, 2024.
What is the REcharge Academy?
Now in its 17th year, the REcharge Academy is our flagship educator training program focused on clean 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. Read about the 2023 REcharge Academy.
Over 550 educators of all types have attended our REcharge Academies from all over the world and have impacted thousands of students and educators. We've come a long way from our first class of 8 Wind Senators in 2008!
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.
REcharge Instructors are critical actors who can help educate the world about renewable energy. They also help our team develop and test new materials and help KidWind hold regional KidWind Challenges. 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 past attendees have to say
"I loved the way the workshop was organized. We learned through participation in the activities. Way too often workshops are all lecture and no play!"
"Great model that I am working to get more comfortable with - less instruction and more rolling up the sleeves and getting to work. I am now more comfortable with adding maker activities to my courses."
"There was so much great information and opportunities to learn and experience. This training will prepare you to integrate renewable energy into your program and you will have a great time doing it!"
What are the Costs?
The cost for one teacher to attend the REcharge Academy is $1,500. This tuition includes four full days of training including field trips, lunch each day, two group dinners and $400 in classroom materials.
Room & Board: $900
If you opt to add Room and Board to your registration, KidWind will take care of all of your meals, your lodging from Sunday through Friday morning, and all of your transportation including your transfer to and from the Fairbanks airport.
REcharge Academy lodging will be on the UAF campus, in suite-styled apartments. Each suite has two bedrooms with a shared kitchen, living room, and bathroom. Each attendee will have their own bedroom with a single bed and be provided with a towels and bedding. Note, bedrooms are single occupancy. You may not bring a guest or partner.
Attendees may opt to stay offsite at a local hotel or vacation rental. Keep in mind that hotel rates are quite high in the summer in this area at all hotels. We have secured a hotel block at a hotel close to UAF campus with rates of $215 per night. This is a great option if you are planning on traveling to REcharge with family or friends. These participants will just pay tuition and will be responsible for their own breakfasts and the non-group dinners (3 dinners). Note that if you stay offsite, you are responsible for your own travel to and from your lodging to the classroom site on the UAF campus each day. We will only provide you with transportation for field trips that are part of the REcharge program.
Paying for REcharge
Attendees can pay their REcharge Academy tuition in many ways including credit card, school checks or purchase orders. 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.
Are There Scholarships Available?
A significant number of full scholarships are available for educators working in Title I schools, with student populations underrepresented in STEM, or working in targeted regions. These scholarships are unlikely to include funds for travel.
You do not need to apply for a scholarship. We collect the necessary information when you complete your application and will reach out to you if we think you are eligible for funding. We encourage you to apply even if you can only attend if you receive a full scholarship.
How Do I Apply?
Apply via this link. You will be asked to provide a resume as well as 250-500 words statement about why you want to attend this year's REcharge Academy. Application close on March 15th and we will make notifications by April 1st.
Can I Sponsor A Local 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. We recommend that companies set aside $3,000 per educator that they wish to scholarship. These funds will cover registration, lodging, meals and travel.
How do you find motivated educators?
Companies can work with local districts to select teachers to attend. KidWind 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:
- At least 5 years of teaching experience
- 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.
Interested? Contact us today to set up a 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?