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The Power of the Wind
Throughout The Power of the Wind
curriculum, you will guide youth to use the engineering design process to find
solutions to problems related to wind power. Youth work on teams to analyze
problems and find solutions that balance options and constraints. They test
what they've made to see how it works, then make adjustments and test further,
as necessary. Although designed for groups, this project adapts for
individual project work with an adult. Throughout the design process, as an
adult facilitator, you will cultivate independence and mastery by guiding and
asking questions in a caring environment. The challenges are designed to
assist youth to learn by doing and apply findings to local community
Introduce youth to the College of Engineering
at the University of Illinois. Point out the remarks throughout the youth
guide from Sue Larson, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering and
Assistant Dean and Director of the Women and Engineering Program.
of Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living:This encyclopedia is a large,
free, on-line resource aimed at providing accurate information on living in
harmony with our planet, particularly with regard to green energy and
architecture. It is part of The Worlds of David Darling website and is
maintained and updated on a full-time daily basis by the astronomer and author
Tutorial: Solar Schoolhouse: View this video for the basics on how to use a
All About Energy
Quest: This animated resource can be introduced to the youth you are
working with. They can explore videos, learn about renewable energies, and
think about how to reduce their energy usage.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
(NREL): Learn about NREL's research and development of renewable fuels and
electricity that advance national energy goals to change the way we power our
homes, businesses, and cars.
Powering America: Wind Energy for Schools: Here you will find information
about the Wind for Schools Project, where school wind projects are located
across the United States, where you can find higher education or continuing
education wind programs, teaching materials, and informational resources.
Chapter 5. How Does Wind Inspire Creativity and Design?
The NEED Project: The mission of the National
Energy Education Development (NEED) Project is to promote an energy conscious
and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators,
businesses, government, and community leaders to design and deliver objective,
multi-sided energy education programs. Find the link to their monthly
newsletter, Career Currents, and share the newsletters with youth.
premier learning resources for Canada's innovative teachers. Help youth
participate in their own learning while gaining a more holistic and hopeful
understanding of today's complex energy and environmental issues.
Check out EcoLogic
Lofts online: A new condominium residence in Chicago. They are seeking LEED
Certification and plan to utilize many green features to provide stylish homes
that reduce residents' carbon footprint. Talk with youth about LEED
Certification. What do they think it means? In addition, encourage them to
think about the engineering design process as it relates to the development of
this new condominium.
more on this topic from land-grant universities across the U.S. see: Home Energy
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dedicated to stimulating ideas and supporting initiatives designed to produce
significant improvement in teaching and learning in mathematics, science, and
literacy for youth in grades K-12.