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Illinois Wind for Schools Teacher Workshop

June 13, 2013 at WIU-Macomb campus

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

FREE registration and lunch provided

Grade Level: STEM Teachers grades 6-12; all grades welcome

CPDU credits available

For more information...

IL Wind for Schools Selects Six Districts for 2013-14 Partners

April 24, 2013

MACOMB, IL -- The Illinois Wind for Schools (ILWFS) program has selected the schools that will participate during the 2013-2014 school year.

WIU Installs Small Wind Turbine

MACOMB, IL -- A small wind turbine was installed Dec. 6 at Western Illinois University to serve as a curriculum resource, while addressing sustainability goals of the University as part of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs' (IIRA) Illinois Wind for Schools project.

Illinois Wind for Schools Program: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

The U.S. Energy Department's Wind for Schools project works to promote wind industry workforce development by focusing on K-12 and university educators and students to counter the trend of reduced numbers of U.S. students entering science and engineering fields.

DOE Announces Energy Literacy Webinar

January 17, 2013

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

Who We Are

The Illinois Wind for Schools team is comprised of expert personnel from the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University, the College of Business and Technology at Western Illinois University, the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University, and the College of Education at Illinois State University. Find out more about this program.

Current Schools

Schools selected for the 2012 - 2013 school year are Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Chicago Public Schools #299, Cook County; Southwestern Middle and High School, Southwestern Community Unit School District (CUSD) #9, Macoupin County; Riverview Grade School, Riverview Community Consolidated School District (CCSD) #2, Woodford County; Galva High School, Galva School District #224, Henry County; Astoria Junior High School, Astoria CUSD #1, Fulton County; and Plano High School, Plano CUSD #88, Kendall County. For more information please read the press release on the Western Illinois Unversity website.

Curriculum

Curriculum resources are now available in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet format. If you do not have Excel a free viewer is available from Microsoft

Download it now here.

Classroom Wind Tunnel Lab Activities are available here for download.

Training videos demonstrating the lesson plans are available here for viewing.


Illinois Wind for Schools Weather Station Links

Weather Underground Stations

2011-2012 Schools

KILCOLFA2 – Colfax, IL – Ridgeview HS:

KILELMWO4 – Elmwood, IL – Elmwood HS:

KILCUBA2 – Cuba, IL – Cuba HS:

2012-2013 Schools

KILGALVA2 – Galva, IL – Galva HS:

KILPLANO4 – Plano, IL – Plano HS:

KILASTOR2 – Astoria, IL – Astoria HS:

KILPIASA2 – Piasa, IL – Southwestern HS:

KILEASTP5 – East Peoria, IL – Riverview Grade School:

CHAS is separate – Weatherbug Station Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences

You can access the CHAS real-time station data here:

ILWFS Grant Application

The application period is now closed for the 2013-2014 school year. For more information about the program email: contact@ilwfs.org or telephone 800.526.6643.

Other Grant Opportunities

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation exists to improve energy efficiency, advance the development of renewable energy resources and protect natural areas for people in communities all across Illinois.

The following grants provide funding for small solar and wind installations at K-12 schools in Illinois.

K-12 Solar Schools Grant

Applications Due March 25, 2013

K-12 Wind Schools Grant

Applications Due February 21, 2013

Western Illinois University Wind Turbine

The WIU wind turbine is a community engagement project to stimulate curriculum and instruction initiatives while promoting campus sustainability. Real-time data will enable visitors to develop a wind energy knowledge base by monitoring key factors such as wind speed, energy, power and volts in 24-hour and monthly record systems.

WIU Live Turbine Data.