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Website: Energy for Educators

Operated by the Idaho National Laboratory, the Energy for Educators Website offers excellent lessons on energy topics for all grade levels, including on wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, nuclear, and biomass energy sources.

Teachers will also find news about the Energy workshops, INL wind resources, real-time wind data, “energy myths,” and a write-in “ask a scientist” page.

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Lesson: Wind Power

This lesson plan from PBS helps students discover the basics of wind power technology in having them build and refine a wind turbine. Students examine the concept of renewable energy, identify the benefits and drawbacks of wind power, and compare its costs and impact on the environment with other energy sources.

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Teacher Scholarship: Wind Conference. Dallas, TX. May 23-26, 2010

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) offers several scholarships to attend WINDPOWER 2010 Conference & Exhibition, May 23-26, 2010, in Dallas, Texas. The scholarships provide those interested in enhancing their knowledge of the wind industry an opportunity to learn from the experts.

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Website: Energy Lessons Plans

The U.S Department of Energy Energy Education and Workforce Development Website provides lesson plans, science projects, and activities, listings of student and teacher contests, information on classes, fellowships and internships, and links related to clean energy.

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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: 4-H-The Power of Wind

The Power of the Wind Website supplements The Power of the Wind National 4-H Curriculum, designed to help middle school students learn about wind energy and design, build, and test wind-powered devices.

The Website offers videos, links to other wind energy resources, and clever 2-page activities, including building a weather vane, kite design and improvement, and an energy scavenger hunt.

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Contest: California Energy Calendar 2011

California students grades 3 through 8 are invited to create award-winning artwork for the 2011 Energy Calendar, in a contest sponsored by the California Energy Commission. Twelve entries will be chosen to illustrate the calendar for the year 2011. Prizes included a $250 U.S. Savings Bond and copies of the Energy 2011 Calendar. Deadline: April 15, 2010.

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Website: Wind and Weather Resources

The Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, has a number of weather-related resources for students and for teachers, including activities to measure the wind or simulate a tornado, images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and links to other online sites, such as FEMA and the Weather Channel.

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Feature: Kids Power Up

When Katie Cutler let her middle school students pick what to learn, she was blown over by their choice. They voted for wind energy, something she knew little about. As they learned by helping install a turbine at their school, so did she.

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