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Earth Day Resources

Earth in Our HandsKids love exploring the world around them, and Earth Day offers a great way to introduce them to environmental science and engineering. The following sampler includes activities, lessons, and resources that promote green engineering and science learning.

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Novel Wind Turbines

rooftop wind turbineOne day, we may be lugging our own personal wind turbines. International design company frog has unsheathed an umbrella-size, portable wind turbine called Revolver that can generate enough juice from a faint breeze to power a laptop, small light, or radio, or recharge a cellphone or other small electronic gadget.

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Website: KidWind

KidWindThe KidWind Project website offers free resources for teaching about wind power in the K-12 classroom. KidWind offers lesson plans, introductions to key concepts, plans and guides for building model wind turbines, and links to resources around the web. KidWind regularly hosts workshops, events, and conventions, as well.

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Website: Wind Powering America

Wind Powering America, is a website of helpful wind energy resources from the U.S. Department of Energy, including maps, videos, webinars, and news, as and full page of lesson plans and activities for teachers.

On the same site, teachers can visit the Winds for School program, offering wind energy curricula, information on professional development, a list of schools that support wind turbines and educational programs, and advice on applying for a wind turbine system.

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