Arizona Wind For Schools Educational Program
Below are curriculum resources created by the WfS team or adapted from other sources. These activities are designed to make wind energy education easy and fun, and include detailed notes as to how to perform each. These are free to download and use in classrooms for renewable energy education. The documents are mostly in Word or Powerpoint format so that you can modify the originals to suit your needs.
These are several high-school-level activities. The first is an activity to get students thinking about the different sources of energy that we use in Arizona, and how we use them (e.g. for electricity generation, heating, cooking, etc.). The activity takes the students through several aspects of each energy source, including extraction impacts, considerations for siting, environmental and human impacts of generation, and economic considerations.
This activity walks students through data collection and analysis for your school’s electricity usage and any renewable energy installations at the school. The activity puts electricity quantities in perspective for students and addresses the possibility of using renewable energy to completely power the school.
The anemometer activity is designed to be a lab in which students get to use handmade (or electronic ) anemometers and collect data to inform a decision about where they would put a wind turbine on their campus.
The economics worksheet walks students through the calculations for evaluating the cost and benefit of installing both a residential wind turbine and utility-scale wind farm.
This lesson teaches students about renewable and non-renewable energy resources through a hands-on activity and includes fact sheets about several energy sources.
The debate leads students through the siting process of a wind farm. Students can break into teams and represent various groups that are stakeholders in wind farm development. Stakeholder fact sheets include detailed information about each role and reasons why each stakeholder is pro/anti wind farm development.
This presentation is an overview of wind energy and includes information on how wind energy works, the siting process, wildlife impacts, energy resources, economics, and more.
Schools with Southwest Windpower SkyStream 3.7 wind turbines can use a software program called WindInterface to upload the data collected by their wind turbine to the INL website. Instructions for the installation of this software are given in the PDF below.
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) houses data collected from Wind for Schools wind turbine installations.
Collecting and compiling all the data from Wind for Schools wind turbines on the INL website allows teachers to use the data in the classroom to teach a variety of concepts and lessons. Instructions to retrieve data can be downloaded from the INL website.
Other curriculum resources
For more information about the Wind for Schools program, contact Karin Wadsack, State Facilitator, at 928-523-0715 or Karin.Wadsack@nau.edu.