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Press Release: KidWind Draws Students into Renewable Energy Careers with Nationwide Challenge Events and Teacher Workshops

Workshops help teachers lead students in regional challenges that will culminate in a national wind turbine competition in Washington, D.C. in Spring 2014

(Saint Paul, MN) December 17, 2013 – As part of its goal to host 35 KidWind Challenge Events during the 2014 school year, KidWind, the international leader of clean energy education, has scheduled 22 Challenge events across the United States, Canada and the Virgin Islands. During the Challenges, students in grades 4-12 will come together to test efficiency and design of their hand-made wind turbines in the high-speed KidWind Wind Tunnel and be judged by wind industry experts.

Participating in a KidWind Challenge Event is one of the two ways student teams and coaches can qualify for the National KidWind Challenge being held on April 26, 2014 in Washington D.C. Teams have until March 30, 2014 to compete and qualify for the National Challenge. The following is a list of scheduled KidWind Challenge Events and their locations:

1/8/2014: Niagara County Community College; Buffalo, NY
1/31/2014: Bethel School District; Eugene, OR
2/6/2014: T-STEM Academy for Earth, Energy, and Environmental Engineering at Attucks; Houston, TX
2/17/2014: Los Lunas High School; Los Lunas, NM
2/22/2014: Appalachian State; Boone, NC
2/22/2014: Cuyahoga Valley Career Center; Brecksville, OH
3/1/2014: Greenfield Community College; Greenfield, MA
3/1/2014: Mount Nittany Middle School; State College, PA
3/4/2014: Drake University; Des Moines, IA
3/5/2014: Edmonton City Hall; Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)
3/8/2014: Western Iowa Tech College; Sioux City, IA
3/8/2014: Kellam High School; Virginia Beach, VA
3/13/2014: State University of New York Institute of Technology; Utica, NY
3/14/2014: King Middle School; Portland, ME
3/15/2014: School of Environmental Studies (SES); Twin Cities, MN
3/15/2014: Newport High School- Boone Center; Newport, OR
3/22/2014: Dunbar High School; Washington, D.C.
4/10/2014: George Mason University; Fairfax, VA
4/12/2014: Central Washington University; Ellensburg, WA
4/19/2014: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry; Portland, OR
4/25/2014: Keystone Area Education Agency; Elkader, IA
5/2/2014: Clark County School District; Las Vegas, NV

KidWind is also hosting training workshops to introduce teachers to the science behind renewable energy, and to give them the knowledge and resources to effectively incorporate renewable energy science into their classroom. Below are the scheduled trainings and their locations:

1/4/2014: Los Lunas High School; Los Lunas, NM
1/11/2014: Advanced Technology Center; Virginia Beach, VA
1/11/2014: KidWind Headquarters; St. Paul, MN
1/16/2014: KidWind Headquarters; St. Paul, MN
1/13/2014: Herkimer Junior-Senior High School; Herkimer, NY
1/25/2014: Oregon State University; Corvallis, OR
2/1/2014: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry; Portland, OR
2/8/2014: KidWind Headquarters; St. Paul, MN
2/14/2014: Clark County School District; Las Vegas, NV

“The KidWind Challenge Events were designed specifically to get students excited about the promise and opportunities of renewable energy – specifically wind power,” said Michael Arquin, Founder of KidWind. “Through these events, students have an outlet for displaying what they learn, while enjoying the fun of friendly competition.”

For more information about the KidWind Challenge, visit: http://challenge.kidwind.org.

About KidWind
KidWind has been the leader of clean energy education for nearly a decade and is guiding the delivery of green STEM education today. In addition to offering its own curriculum, science kits, training, and student competitions, the company partners with leading universities, developers, and museums to plant the seeds for clean energy development. For more information about KidWind, please visit its website at www.kidwind.org.

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Rachael Ballard, Public Relations for KidWind
(410) 975-9638
rachael@kehcomm.com

Michael Arquin, Director and Founder of KidWind
(877) 917-0079
Michael@kidwind.org

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