Become a WindSenator!


  • Portland State University - Portland, Oregon
  • August 5 – August 9, 2013

The 2013 WindSenator training program will be held August 5 – August 9 in Portland, OR at Portland State University.

To apply

Teaching the World about Wind!

In the summer of 2008 we started building the WindSenators Education Network with eight motivated teachers from New York; we now have over 91 WindSenators in 26 states. These highly qualified and dedicated educators have impacted thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students in the last four years through teacher workshops, KidWind Challenges and a variety of engaging regional events.

In 2013 we are looking for another 30 educators who are interested in helping us work with teachers to improve wind energy education in their region. This training is a unique opportunity which combines improving your knowledge about wind energy science and teaching about wind in K-12 classrooms using a wide array of curricula and educational materials.

If you want to learn about wind energy from the experts and share this knowledge with teachers and students in your state or region this is the program for you.

We Need Leaders!

The WindWise Education program has a goal of creating a nationwide network of 150 WindSenators in 40 states in the next five years. During these next five years we seek to hold at least 1000 training events impacting 30,000 teachers who impact 1,500,000 students. With the help of a dedicated team, this vision can be realized.

As a WindSenator you will be part of this team and will be certified to provide trainings and represent WindWise and KidWind at conferences, events and workshops. The WindSenators Education Network will provide states with knowledgeable, experienced wind energy educators that can help others get the tools and information they need to teach students and the public about wind energy.

While we are looking for educators interested in learning and impacting other educators, we understand that some teachers are just looking for a program to learn more about wind energy and how to integrate these subjects into the classroom. Be assured that this is one of the primary goals of the WindSenators training program. As a graduate you will be armed with a variety of ideas and methods you can use in your classroom teach about wind energy and if you are motivated to get out and work with other teachers or students we are there to support you.

Training Overview

The five-day training program will provide hands on instruction about wind energy science and technology using a variety of subjects (physics, technology, biology, earth and environmental science) and includes in depth training on WindWise and KidWind materials and curricula. There will also be a number of guest speakers from the wind industry, and tours of local wind facilities. Existing WindSenators will be instructors and available to talk about how they have implemented training programs in their states.

See our sample agenda for more information.

What can a WindSenator do?

WindSenators are an integral part of the KidWind training and outreach. A WindSenator:

  • Provides wind energy teacher trainings in their state or region
  • Recieves Kidwind Project products at reduced prices
  • Participates in the development of new wind energy curriculum and materials
  • Facilitates KidWind Challenge or similar events in their state
  • Represents WindWise and KidWind at conferences and events
  • Receives a volunteer stipend for their workshops and events held in their state


The cost for teachers to attend the training is $1750. The fee does not cover travel to and from the training location in Portland, OR.

  • Fees cover
  • Lodging & Food at Portland State University (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • 5 Days of Training
  • Full set of WindWise Curriculum Materials ($100/value)
  • Full Kit of KidWind & WindWise Training Materials ($700/value)

Scholarship opportunities

We currently have several partners offering scholarships for qualifying teachers to attend the WindSenators Training this year. We are actively looking for more sponsors - and hope to have more scholarship opportunities available soon.

View our current scholarship opportunities.


There is an application process for all attendees. Interested teachers can apply beginning January 15, 2013. Applications will be accepted until May 7, 2013.

This year KidWind is offering a scholarship for one talented educator who wants to join our network. As part of this scholarship we will cover all tuition fees. You will still need to provide your own funds to travel to the workshop.

Download the 2013 application PDF

Sponsoring A WindSenator

Companies and organizations can sponsor teachers to attend the training program and become part of the WindSenators Education Network. Having a trainer in your area provides you with access to a trained educator that can offer WindWise teacher training events near your wind facilities or manufacturing plants at greatly reduced rates. If your company is interested please contact us for more details on how to have your company sponsor teachers from your state or region.

View our current scholarship opportunities.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Michael Arquin of KidWind at michael(at) or call (651) 325 8149.