Reading, Writing And … Wind?

There’s plenty of wind in Bar Harbor, Maine, and—as of the end of July this year—there will be plenty of Wind Senators blowing into town.  What exactly is a WindSenator, you might ask? Answer: an educator dedicated to helping teachers get a better handle on how to teach kids about wind power.

The KidWind Project, one of Wind Powering America’s Wind for Schools project partners, is now accepting applications for educators with a passion for renewable energy. Since 2008, the project has trained 65 educators in 22 states on best practices for teaching kids about wind power. This year, it seeks to train 25 more educators interesting in helping the organization work with teachers to improve wind energy education in their region.

KidWind Wind Senators program

image via KidWind Project

The training aims to improve educators’  knowledge about wind energy science as well as about  how to teach about wind in K-12 classrooms using a wide array of curricula and educational materials. The idea here is that educators will return to their regions equipped not only to bring the wonders of wind energy to their own classrooms, but to help to train other educators as well, as those who complete the training will be certified to provide trainings for others.

All of which is part of a greater vision, as the program has the goal of creating a nationwide network of 150 WindSenators in 40 states over the next five years. Towards that end, it plans to hold at least 1000 training events impacting 30,000 teachers, who in turn will impact 1,500,000 students.

The cost of the training, to be held July 24-August 4, is $1,750, which also covers meals and lodging (but not transportation to and from Bar Harbor). More information is available online, as are applications, which are due by May 1.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.