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Harnessing the #PowerOfWind in Education

Paul Copleman
Communications Manager

Chat with kids in classrooms or on playgrounds all over the country and you’re likely to hear some pretty insightful perspective on the future of our planet. Even when they take it for granted by leaving the faucet, or the lights, on, kids know that they depend on clean air, water and soil. They also know that these vital ingredients to “delicious” mud pies are threatened and they get that we all can take steps to ensure a much brighter outlook. Whether in schools funded by local wind farms or classrooms that have never even seen a turbine in person, students recognize that wind power and renewable energy are healthy, high-tech, and keeping the lights on.

At the same time, their teachers know that wind energy can play a critical role in each student’s personal future. With rapid growth projected for the foreseeable future, wind engineer and technician positions will need to be filled by qualified professionals. In addition to jobs, wind farms generate income and revenue that help fund communities, education programs, farms, libraries, fire departments, roads and countless other public facilities, and can lower energy costs for businesses. All while creating clean, locally sourced energy for customers.

To support these important discussions and encourage future engineers to explore the potential of wind energy, we are happy to announce the return of the #PowerOfWindContest.

The rules are very simple:

  • Visit powerofwindcontest.com
  • Download and complete the coloring sheet
  • Upload your submission, and encourage your friends, family and community members to vote for your artwork

One grand prize-winning school will receive a $2,500 energy education grant from Avangrid Renewables, as well as a free KidWind Basic Wind Experiment Kit Classroom Pack. Your students will have the chance to design their own wind turbine and experiment with wind power right in their classroom.

In addition, the top 25 submissions that receive the most votes will receive a KidWind Basic Wind Experiment Kit Classroom Pack. Make sure to get your entries in soon!

Submissions will be collected through November 11, 2016. To participate, head over to www.powerofwindcontest.com.

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