The KidWind Project and WindWinRI are hosting the twelfth annual REcharge Academy at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center in Narragansett, Rhode Island, on July 15–18, 2019. The four-day training will focus on wind power and the future of offshore wind. By providing the context and content needed to teach renewable energy concepts in classrooms, this intensive training blends lectures on the science behind wind power and the politics, technologies, and economics of the offshore wind energy industry with replicable hands-on STEM lessons for K–12 students. As a capstone to the event, attendees will take a trip to the first offshore wind farm in the United States—the Block Island Wind Farm. Educators can apply for scholarships donated by the sponsors of REcharge Academy. Applications are due by April 1, 2019. The second and third rounds of scholarship applications are due by April 1, 2019, and May 15, 2019, respectively.
Imagineering in a Box is designed to pull back the curtain to show students in middle school and high school how artists, designers, and engineers work together to create theme parks. The program, from Khan Academy, takes a behind-the-scenes look with Disney Imagineers and makes it an active learning experience by weaving together videos and exercises into lessons that culminate in student-driven projects.
Parents and children will find a wide variety of engaging camp activities to take part in when they dive into Camp Wonderopolis. Some of the activities revolve around STEM-field careers, others are designed to boost literacy and comprehension, and still others to help foster and improve critical thinking and creativity in young minds.
The Virtual Koshland Science Museum, now part of the National Academy of Sciences’LabX program for students, offers a beautiful interactive feature on the anatomy of the human brain. LabX also presents a collection of online experiences.