Estherville KidWind Workshop

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Thu, 12/06/2012

The main purpose of a KidWind teacher training is to introduce teachers to the science and engineering of wind energy and turbines and to share ideas and lesson plans on how to teach about wind energy concepts in K-12 classrooms.

This workshop will help teachers learn how to use KidWind equipment, explore some of our Windwise Curriculum and how to participate in the KidWind Challenge in the Winter/Spring of 2013

8:30 –9:00 Coffee, Room Open

9:00 - 9:30 Coffee, Agenda, Introductions, Overview

9:30 – 10:30 ACTIVITY -- How Does a Windmill Work?
This lesson helps teachers understand how a windmill captures the energy of the wind and transforms it into usable mechanical energy, which is the basis for understanding modern wind turbines. This activity covers standards related to the engineering design process and the scientific method to design, build, test, and improve their models.

10:30 – 10:45 BREAK

10:45 – 12:00 LECTURE - Wind Energy 101
This presentation helps to orient teacher to the technical, political and ecological challenges that face the wind power development in the US and worldwide.

12:00 – 12:30 LUNCH (PROVIDED)

12:30 –1:00 Iowa STEM SCALE UP Grant General Information
A basic overview of the SCALE UP Grant. How to get reimbursed for travel and sub pay. How you will be ordering and selecting your classroom materials.

1:30 – 3:15 ACTIVITY - Blade Design & Classroom Turbines
Teachers will use a variety of materials to design blades that optimize the power output of a model wind turbine. Each group of students will isolate one variable
of wind turbine blade design, then collect and present data for that variable. If time allows, students can use their collected data to design an optimal set of wind
turbine blades using the next lesson, “How Can I Design a Better Blade?

3:15 – 3:45 KidWind Challenge
What is the KidWind Challenge? How can I participate? What is the process? What can I expect?

3:45 – 4:00 Closing Evaluations


Iowa Lakes Community College
Room 324
300 South 18th Street
Estherville, Iowa 51334