(Atlantic) The Cass County Extension Office and Nishna Valley Family YMCA are starting a program next week that teaches area youth about wind energy.
The program, KidWind Challenge is a series on wind power that begins on February 6 at the Atlantic Middle School, Room 300A. This afterschool program meets on Wednesdays from 1:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m. The program is open to all youth in grades 6-8 for a hands-on activity to learn about wind, how turbines work, design blades and build a wind turbine. The Kid Wind project is led by Mr. Gaylord Schelling and the Cass County Extension staff.
According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind power continues to be one of the fastest growing energy sources in the world. By 2030, wind energy may provide as much as 20 percent of the nation’s electricity, supporting 500,000 jobs and billions of dollars in new domestic economic investment. Learning about and applying science to wind energy is the focus of this partnership between Cass County Extension and the Nishna Valley YMCA. Young people have an opportunity to participate in fun, interactive sessions to learn about the science of wind, build wind turbine models, and be with their friends.
Cass County Extension and Nishna Valley YMCA partnered to bring youth in the Atlantic area more science opportunities starting the Fall of 2012. “whY Science” is a partnership between Iowa State University Extension in Cass County and the Nishna Valley YMCA’s Kid’s Fun & Fitness. The partnership formed to support the growing need for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education for all youth. Cass County Extension exists to better the lives of its citizens with delivery of research-based education and timely programming.
To get more information or to register for KidWind contact Susan Oliver at the Cass County Extension office at 243-1132 or Tamara Gibson at the Nishna Valley YMCA 243-3934.
Press Release from Iowa State Extension
February 1, 2013