COD and CVEP Conduct KidWind Student Competition
of Coachella Valley schools and educational organizations announce
the Fourth Annual KidWind Regional Competition set for Saturday, February 8,
will compete in the regional event scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (teams begin
arriving for check-in at 7:45) at Desert Mirage High School, 86150
66th Avenue, Thermal, CA. Approximately 90 students from area middle
and high schools will build and demonstrate their working wind turbine models. The
student projects will be judged by local industry partners and community
leaders. The winning team at the high school and middle
school levels will each receive $1,000 toward travel to participate in the
national competition in Washington, D.C. This year’s
competition is jointly sponsored by Coachella Valley Unified School District, College
of the Desert, Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, SMaRT Education, and
is the fourth annual competition organized by the Advanced Technology Industry
Council - an industry council of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership.
Desert Mirage High School will host this year’s event and will be facilitated
by Tony Korwin, Coordinator and Lead Instructor. The KidWind events in our
region are coordinated with the California Regional Consortium for Engineering
Advances in Technical Education (CREATE) office at College of the Canyons through
funding by the National Science Foundation.
The KidWind program
helps teachers learn about wind energy technology, receive curriculum and
materials for integrating wind energy instruction into their classes, and form
student teams for a regional competition. The College of the Canyons grant from
the NSF established CREATE, to create and expand courses and workforce training
programs to help address the high demand for renewable energy technicians
throughout the state.
KidWind was started by a
sixth grade California science teacher, Michael Arquin,
who was not satisfied with the products available to teach
children about wind energy science. KidWind creates affordable classroom-ready materials and free downloadable print materials
to support teachers and students all over the world. For those who do not have
the financial ability to purchase the materials, they also offer a giveaway
program. Since founding the company in 2004, he has developed and is
selling wind energy kits online. Visit KidWind at http://learn.kidwind.org/.
For more information, contact Larry McLaughlin
at COD at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760
773-2595; or Kim McNulty at CVEP at email@example.com
or 760.413.5990; or Tony Korwin at CVUSD at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760.397.2255.