Point of View: Exploring renewable energy online

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With schools closing for summer and many camps cancelled due to COVID-19, parents and camp coordinators are looking for innovative ways to engage young learners. The world has changed, and it will continue to change, but students will always need outlets for exploration. At KidWind, we seek to provide interesting challenges around wind and solar energy that motivate students.
Our organization is dedicated to helping teachers, parents and students learn more about renewable energy. KidWind hosts KidWind Challenges throughout the United States for teams of students who compete to build the most efficient and creative small-scale wind turbine or solar structure.
In 2004, before KidWind, I was a middle and high school science teacher. I taught students about climate change and renewable energy, but I really wanted them to engage with the engineering aspects of these technologies. As I could not find many materials to do this, I developed my own kits and materials to teach students how renewable energy really works. Since then, with the support of companies like EDP Renewables North America, the program has grown and offers this same experience to more than 30,000 students across the nation each year.
Under the current circumstances, we have had to cancel …

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