WindSenators - Palm Desert, CA

Where/When?

  • Palm Desert, CA
  • June 25 – June 28, 2013

The 2013 WindSenator training program will be held June 25 – June 28 in Palm Desert, CA at the College of the Desert.

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Applications will be accepted until May 15, 2013

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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.

We were recently contacted by Tony Korwin, one of our WindSenators in Southern California and he wanted to see if we could hold a 4 day course regionally. We did some planning and here we come! 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 5 years we seek to hold at least 1000 training events impacting 30,000 teachers who impact 1,500,000 students. Yeah we are that big!

As a newly trained 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.

Training Overview

The four-day training program 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

Fees

  • Commuter - $1000
  • Double room - $1200
  • Single room - $1400

  • Fees cover:
  • 4 Nights Lodging at the Hilton Garden Inn in Palm Desert (Double,Single Room)
  • Light Breakfast and Full Lunch at the College of Desert
  • 4 Full Days of Training (8-5)
  • KidWind & WindWise Training Materials ($500 Value)

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.

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