We would like to hear from teachers who are interested in attending a KidWind course in 2013. You can register your interest here.
We recently exhibited at the Institute of Physics Ireland teachers meeting in Trinity College Dublin on the 22nd of September and got lots of interest from teachers who we'll hopefully see in 2013. Thanks to Paul Nugent who has attended KidWind, for his support.
We were very happy to be able to run 3 courses this past summer, with courses delivered in Thurles, Waterford and Tallaght. ABO Wind sponsored our Thurles course, which ran in the Limerick IT Thurles campus with a visit to a nearby ABO wind farm. Our Waterford course was sponsored by EirGrid and was held in Waterford IT campus with a visit to a private wind farm run by Tornado Wind nearby. Our Tallaght course was sponsored by Bord Gáis who have sponsored a course in 2011 as well so we were very pleased that they invited us to their wind farm at Lisheen in Co. Tipperary and our course ran on the IT Tallaght campus in the Dublin West Education Centre. Many thanks to all those teachers who attended and were interested, and to all of our sponsors and support staff who made 2012 a great year for KidWind.
- We held courses in:
- Dublin, 11th - 14th of June, Dublin West Education Centre, IT Tallaght campus; sponsored by Bord Gais and Wind SkillNet
- Thurles 11th - 14th of June, Limerick IT Thurles campus, sponsored by ABO and Wind SkillNet
- Waterford 18th - 21st of June, Waterford IT campus, sponsored by EirGrid and Wind SkillNet.
The first KidWind course in Ireland was run in August 2011 in Dundalk Institute of Technology. Ray and Paul welcomed Joe Rand from KidWind USA to assist with the first course which was sponsored by the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA), Wind SkillNet and Gaelectric. IWEA are coordinating the classes through Wind SkillNet which is aimed at improving expertise and knowledge of the wind industry in Ireland. Gaelectric are a wind farm development company who are active in Ireland, Europe and in Montana and North Dakota in the US.
We welcomed teachers from all over Ireland to this first course, from as far away as Castlebar in Co. Mayo to local teachers from Dundalk. They were able to use the kits provided to build turbines and learn the fundamental principles of wind energy.
Thankfully the weather held and we could even showcase wind shear in a nice breeze.
We followed this in November 2011 with a course in Cork City sponsored by Bord Gais Energy.This time we were able to have a great course in Cork city with teachers from the south and west with a visit to one of Bord Gais' windfarms at Gneeves in rural County Cork Everyone learned lots about wind energy and one of our teachers, John Sims, was even interviewed for Clare FM about the course.