The Illinois Wind for Schools program is incorporating wind energy into classrooms across Illinois.The Program combines curriculum, instruction, design and experimentation activities with data collection on school grounds.
- Who We Are
- Current Schools
- Curriculum & Resources
- ILWFS Grant Application
- Other Programs & Grants
- WIU Turbine Live Data
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
Applications Due March 25, 2013
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.