Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Kid Wind: environment education

There are a couple of disciplinary approaches to implementing integrated STEM education. One approach is through engineering design; students solve design challenges using interdisciplinary thinking (e.g. science inquiry, research), making (e.g. geometry, arts, technology) and communication (e.g. literacy, presentations) practices.

Another integrated STEM approach is to carry out environment education activities which often cover the economic, environment, and social aspects of global issues such as renewable energy or water management. If you are looking for a nice environment education centered on renewable energy, check out the Kid Wind Project. This K-12 organization produces classroom wind turbine kits and accompanying teacher resources. Lots of good stuff, videos, and web pages dedicated to the science and math of wind power. You have to pay for the kits and curriculum; the videos and information pages are free.