The U.S. Department of Energy funds the Wind for Schools project, which helps develop a future wind energy workforce by engaging students at higher education institutions to join Wind Application Centers and serve as project consultants for small wind turbine installations at rural elementary and secondary schools. Teacher training and hands-on curricula are implemented at each K-12 host school to bring the wind turbine into the classroom through interactive and interschool research tasks, engaging young people interested in science.
The Wind for Schools project goals are to:
- Equip college juniors and seniors with an education in wind energy applications
- Engage America's communities in wind energy applications, benefits, and challenges
- Introduce teachers and students to wind energy.