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KidWind Challenge and Workshops in Oregon

Renewable Energy Supporters!

I wanted to reach out and let you know that Crook County School District has been awarded a community grant from Facebook and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to hold an Oregon-wide KidWind Challenge in Prineville.  A KidWind Challenge brings students together to learn about renewable energy in a fun, interactive, and exciting way.  Student teams design, build, and present their own wind turbines and compete in a "science fair" setting against other teams from around the state.  There will be two divisions (grades 5-8 and grades 9-12) and prizes will be awarded to winning teams and "coaches."  You can watch a brief 90-second video on the KidWind Challenge here to learn more.


KidWind is offering several free workshops around Oregon to familiarize teachers, educators, and other "coaches" with the materials and plans needed to lead young Oregonians everywhere in participating in this incredible opportunity.  Below is the schedule of Oregon events.  You can watch another brief 90-second video on teacher workshops here.


Oregon KidWind Events

2013 Educator Workshops
Pendleton, Friday, March 15
Prineville, Saturday, March 16
Portland, Saturday, April 6
Newport, Saturday, April 13

Oregon KidWind Challenge
Prineville, Saturday, May 18

The KidWind Project offered this program in Ellensburg, WA, last year and had over 120 students participate with some exciting designs and creative teams.  This year, Washington has increased participation and continues to build plans to expand this program and involve students from across the state.  I'm excited that our state now has the chance to participate as well, and I'd love to see Oregon kids have just as much fun and display just as much ingenuity as our neighbors to the north.

KidWind is an internationally recognized leader in K-12 renewable energy education.  We have held teacher workshops in over 40 U.S. states as well as in Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, Ireland, Taiwan, Australia, and the Caribbean.  Our formal, standards-based curriculum, WindWise, is utilized by tens of thousands of teachers across the country.

In addition to 6 hours of training, all attending teachers will receive over $100 of classroom kits and curricular materials from KidWind. The workshop is free of charge to formal and informal K-12 educators, and we will provide FREE LUNCH as well!

I have attached a flyer with more details about the event. 
Educators can learn more and sign up here.

Kind Regards,

Jon Roschke
KidWind Project, WindSenator

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