Future of Renewables: Bring renewable energy education into schools nationwide!

KidWind's Future of Renewables Initiative gives students the background they need to think critically about renewables and explore their real-life applications.
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Ava Buchanan
Education
Saint Paul, Minnesota
United States
2 Team Members

Invest in the Future of Renewables!

KidWind equips curious learners and educators with resources to explore renewable energy in the classroom and beyond. For over 10 years, we have been providing free KidWind Challenges and teacher training workshops nationwide. In 2014, we plan to expand our impact by hosting 35 KidWind Challenges in 19 states, plus a National KidWind Challenge competition.

But as a small business devoted to open-source curriculum and affordable educational tools, finding funding for our ambitious goals can be difficult. We need at least $2,000 to host a single Challenge, which means we’re looking at a $70,000 bill! That’s where you come in. Join the Future of Renewables Initiative through Indiegogo to bring the KidWind Challenge to more students and be a part of building a responsible energy future.

Please note: while our Indiegogo contribution levels are mainly symbolic, we guarantee that your donation will go to piecing together a successful Challenge and/or teacher training, if not going directly to the purpose indicated.  

The big picture: Why we do what we do.

The United States has the capacity to lead the world in renewable energy generation, with wind power being one of the most promising sources. But to do so, we must build a foundation of informed public support and educate a workforce to “design, build, operate, maintain, and advance wind power equipment and technology” (US Department of Energy, “20% Wind Energy by 2030,” July 2008).

This starts with effective education. That’s why KidWind strives to give students and educators the background they need to think critically about renewable energy and interactively explore its real-life applications. We do this through several core initiatives:

  • The KidWind Challenge: Student teams apply their knowledge of wind or solar power to design and construct their very own wind turbines. Teams win points for efficiency, creativity, and functionality. They can compete in either the KidWind Challenge Online or a local KidWind Challenge Event.
  • Teacher Training Workshops: The KidWind Challenge is integrated into our broader educational work. In preparation for a Challenge Event, KidWind conducts teacher trainings to help educators bring renewable energy concepts into their classrooms and motivate students to join in on the competition. Working with teachers creates long-lasting change at the community level and builds capacity for the future.
  • KidWind Learning Resources: Our NGSS standards-based teaching tools explore the science behind wind, solar, and other forms of renewable energy and their impact on the environment. We believe that education should be accessible and fun, so we developed hands-on classroom kits and open-source curriculum called WindWise to get students thinking critically about clean energy.

Learn more on our website

Other ways to help out.

  • Spread the word about our campaign! Share our initiative on Facebook and Twitter, or even through good old-fashioned conversation (gasp!)
  • Volunteer or let people know about an upcoming Challenge Event near you.
  • Visit our website to learn more about our other projects and how you can help us achieve our goals.

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  • $5USD
    Get one student started

    Send a KidWind Wind Turbine Generator to one team of students. This gives them the basic part they need to compete in the KidWind Challenge.

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  • $10USD
    Get a whole classroom started

    Send a classroom pack of Generators to multiple students to get them started on their competition turbine! This is enough parts for a whole classroom to compete in the KidWind Challenge.

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  • $25USD
    Give a team more power

    Give a full KidWind Challenge Kit to one team. These kits provide students with the materials they need to build a more powerful turbine.

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  • $50USD
    Deck them out in KW gear!

    KidWind will give awesome T-shirts to a team of competitors. While we’re at it, we’ll send you a gift T-shirt for yourself, too!

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  • $100USD
    Make their day: fund 1st prize

    Fund the $100 first prize at a Challenge Event. As thanks, we’ll send you a free KidWind T-shirt and a MINI wind turbine.

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  • $200USD
    Support your favorite teacher!

    Provide one teacher of your choice with a classroom pack of Basic Turbine Building Parts . We'll get in touch with you for details!

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  • $500USD
    Send a student to D.C.

    Provide a scholarship for one student to go to the high-profile, high-stakes National KidWind Challenge on April 26, 2014 in Washington, D.C. In addition, we’ll send out a Basic Wind Experiment Classroom Pack to the school of your choice. We'll get in touch with you for details!

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  • $1,000USD
    Fund a teacher training

    Bring a teacher training workshop to an area where a KidWind Challenge Event is planned. Just one teacher training can easily impact a whole community. Plus, we’ll donate an Advanced Wind Experiment Classroom Pack to the school of your choice. We'll get in touch with you for details!

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  • $5,000USD
    One training and Challenge

    Fund a Challenge Event and a training workshop and become a state-level sponsor for your state. You’ll be featured on our website, print, and social media outlets. Plus, we’ll donate an Advanced Wind Experiment Classroom Pack to the school of your choice. We'll get in touch with you for details!

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  • $10,000USD
    We'll come to you!

    Host a Challenge Event and teacher training in an area of your choice! Plus, you’ll join the ranks of National sponsors for the KidWind Challenges; take a spotlight at our events and on our sponsorship webpage, print materials, and social media outlets. We'll get in touch with you for details!

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  • $100,000USD
    Fund the National Challenge!

    Be a signature sponsor of the National KidWind Challenge. Address the students and audience at the National Challenge, play an active role in judging the national challenge, and receive a multitude of promotion opportunities. Plus, we’ll donate an Advanced Wind Experiment Classroom Pack to the school of your choice. We'll get in touch with you for details!

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