Illinois Wind for Schools
Program Operating Years 2011-2014
The Illinois Wind for Schools team was 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. The Illinois program was also an affiliate of the National Wind for Schools program administered by NREL, U.S. Department of Energy.
Through an application process, three to five middle and/or high schools were selected each year for intensive support through on-site teacher training and classroom resources. Two open-enrollment generalized workshops were held for any educator interested in incorporating wind energy into their curriculum.
The program addressed Illinois Learning Standards Goals 7 and 10 in Mathematics (Estimation and Measurement; Data Analysis and Probability), and Goals 11, 12 and 13 in Science (Inquiry and Design; Concepts and Principles; Science, Technology and Society).
The Illinois Wind for Schools program was funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.