Wind for Schools
REAP is the State Facilitator for the Wind for Schools program in Alaska, and led the effort, along with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP), to have Alaska added in 2010 to the list of 11 states accepted to this national program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America program. The program aims to provide hands-on science education for a wide age range, and provide workforce development opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in renewable energy.
One of the centerpieces of the Wind for Schools program has been helping schools install small turbines at their schools. The program is highly dependent on a network of sponsors at the community and state level to get projects in the ground and provide long-term support. As of December 2012, seven Skytream 3.7 turbines have been installed with assistance from Alaska Wind for Schools. The first Alaskan school to install a turbine was Sherrod Elementary in Palmer.
The Wind for Schools program also includes teacher training and hands-on lessons to educate students about energy. Using wind energy as a keystone, students learn about energy science, energy sources, climate change, physics, mathematics, and energy. Teachers and students can capture data from the turbine and use it in a variety of classroom experiences and lessons. Many schools participate with curricula even though they do not have a turbine, and the program is working on ways for schools with turbines to share data with other schools around the state.
Alaska Wind for Schools also is the proud organizer of Alaska’s KidWind Challenge since 2011. The Challenge is a wind turbine design contest for students in grades 6-12. Learn more about the challenge here, including updates on the 2013 Challenge.
Turbine locations in Alaska:
Sherrod Elementary, Palmer
Mt. Edgecumbe High School, Sitka
Juneau Coast Guard Station, Juneau
Northwest Arctic Career and Technical Center (NACTEC), Nome
Mat-Su College, Palmer
Begich Middle School, Anchorage
Kodiak High School, Kodiak
Who we are
Renewable Energy Alaska Project is a coalition of energy stakeholders working to facilitate the development of renewable energy in Alaska through collaboration, education, training, and advocacy.