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KidWind Workshop - Clackamas County, OR

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Clairmont Hall

Clackamas Community College

Oregon City, OR 97045

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The Workshop is a FREE 6 hour (three after school 2-hour sessions) teacher professional development workshop presented by Oregon State University / 4-H Youth Development Program in partnership with KidWind, Clackamas Community College, and the Clackamas County Office of Sustainability. This inquiry-based, hands-on science and engineering training program offers a review of the science, technology, and classroom applications of wind energy for 4th through 8th grades. Hands-on workshop activities provide a chance to run through inquiry-based classroom experiments with other teachers in preparation for adaptation in your classroom. Each participating teacher will receive a KidWind Advanced Wind Experiment Kit and hands-on curriculum to cover 8-10 lessons. Teachers and students are also invited to participate in the KidWind Challenge.

Who: 4th-8th grade teachers
When: February 8, 15, and 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Bonus: free CEUs, refreshments, and door prizes!

The topics covered will include:

  • Fundamentals of science and engineering of wind energy
  • Sharing ideas and lessons about wind energy concepts
  • Energy transformation, electrical generator components, and electrical generating turbines


It is intended that Participants attend all three dates


MacGyver Wind Challenge
Tuesday, February 8, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Using materials you could find in a dollar store, teachers will build basic weightlifting wind devices from scratch. We will jump right in to experimenting with concepts on simple machines, energy transformations, potential & kinetic energy. We will also discuss how to incorporate the activity with students in their classrooms.

Basic Electrical Generator Components
Tuesday, February 15, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

We will have a basic demonstration of how electricity is generated using magnets and copper wire using a Simple Generator. Teachers will understand the basic concepts governing their electrical generating wind turbines.

Construct Electrical Generating Turbines and Collect Data
Tuesday, February 22, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Teachers will experiment with their electrical generating wind turbines. Teacher will design blade sets for their turbine and will test their turbines with the LabQuest data collector. Teachers will understand how to use their full kit and what the challenge will entail for their students

Learn more about the KidWind Challenge, read the rules, and find learning resources at www.kidwindchallenge.org

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