It’s a Breeze to Teach Wind Energy with these STEM Resources (DOE)

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Want to be in the second fastest-growing job field in America? Then you’re going to be a wind turbine technician! Just last year, an additional 107,000 workers landed jobs at wind energy firms in the U.S., according to the U.S. Energy and Employment Report.

In celebration of American Wind Week, here’s a look at resources the Energy Department offers to teach kids, parents, teachers, and workers about wind energy and wind careers. You’re going to want to save this list & get swept away by wind power with us.

Wind Energy Basics: What is wind energy, anyway? How do we harness the wind? Read all about it from our website, where we cover wind energy research, how wind works, and resources to learn about wind energy. This animation of how a wind turbine works is not to be missed.

Wind for Schools: From kindergarten to college, students get hands-on experience in the wind industry. Colleges and Universities join Wind Application Centers and serve as project consultants to install small wind turbines at rural elementary and secondary schools. Teachers get training and classroom lessons. Since 2008 the schools’ turbines have generated 951,657 kWh of energy – enough to play video on a smartphone continuously for 136,925 years.

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