Education: Lesson plans for educators on wind energy
These wind energy curriculum guides and lesson plans cover K-12 education and provide both classroom material and hands-on activities.
AWEA, the wind industry & education
Strong wind energy education benefits the wind industry by increasing support for wind among students to building specific skills in the industry’s future leaders.
AWEA works to implement such efforts in various ways, across all age groups by: assisting wind energy education in pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade classrooms, supporting wind energy career training programs for college and university students, and exercising a commitment to wind industry workforce development.
National Energy Education Development Project ‘Wind Energy Curriculum’
This “Wind Energy Curriculum” offers hands-on activities for kindergarten through 12th-grade students to explore motion, weather, the history of wind, and modern wind technology.
The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project and AWEA developed these materials, which are divided into four grade levels:
Primary (Grades K-2)
The primary “Wind Is Energy” Kit (Grades K-2) has a teacher guide; student information in a storybook format; and suggested hands-on activities with pinwheels, bubbles, a mini wind turbine and a fan.
Elementary (Grades 3-5)
The elementary Wonders Of Wind Kit (Grades 3-5) comes with teacher guide, class set of student guides, and equipment to conduct hands-on experiments, including pinwheels, bubbles, materials to construct pinwheels and wind indicators, a mini wind turbine, and fan.
- Wonders of Wind Teacher Guide
- Wonders of Wind Student Guide
Intermediate (Grades 5-8) / Secondary (Grades 9-12)
The Intermediate/ Secondary “Wind For Schools” Kit (Grades 5-8/9-12) comes with a teacher guide, class set of student guides, and equipment to conduct hands-on experiments, including blade design, materials to construct anemometers and calculating wind power.
Infobooks: wind energy lesson plans for grades K-12
NEED's Wind Infobooks are used in the classroom as resources for NEED activities on wind energy, electricity, transportation, conservation and efficiency, and consumption. The Infobooks are provided on primary, elementary, intermediate, and secondary reading levels. Quick lessons to help students retain the content provided in the Wind Infobooks are included in “Activities” companion books.
- Primary School Wind Infobook
- Elementary School Wind Infobook /Elementary School Wind Infobook Activities
- Intermediate School Wind Infobook / Intermediate School Wind Infobook Activities
- Secondary School Wind Infobook
KidWind Science Snacks: wind energy lesson plans for grades 6-12
KidWind Science Snacks are a fun way to facilitate learning through energy-related activities and math problems. The KidWind website offers 12 downloadable lessons (six hands-on activities and six math problems) that cover everything from determining the speed and direction of the wind to discovering why wind turbine blades are shaped as they are. The math problems cover turbine rotor swept area and Albert Betz's power coefficient of wind, and much more.
KidWind also provides PowerPoint presentations on wind energy.
WindWise Education: lesson plans for grades 6-12
WindWise Education is produced by a partnership of the KidWind Project and Normandeau Associates. The comprehensive, interdisciplinary WindWise Education Curriculum and teacher training program fosters critical thinking skills for grades six through 12. Every lesson has an inquiry-based introduction and a hands-on activity to develop analytical skills to answer today's real-world energy questions.
The Power of the Wind: lesson plans for grades 6-8
The Power of the Wind Curriculum [PDF] is part of the National 4-H Curriculum Collection and is designed for middle schoolers to learn about the wind and its uses and participate in the engineering design process. Students work with members of a team to design, create, build, and test wind-powered devices, and explore wind as a potential energy source in their community.
- The Power of the Wind Youth Guide
- The Power of the Wind Facilitator Guide
- Download any or all of nine two-page Grab and Go activities that can be printed and used in your program.
Energy for Educators: lesson plans for grades K-12
A team of educators and scientists from the Idaho National Laboratory have worked together to develop a special energy curriculum with lesson plans dedicated to helping teachers integrate the energy curriculum of other organizations into their classrooms.