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.
The education team of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers innovative online materials that enlighten students and educators about the breadth of scientific research, technology, and activities. These resources include student activities, case studies, tutorials, and lesson plans for education audiences of all ages.
LEGO Education’s new SPIKE Prime Set is a STEAM learning tool for students in grades 6–8. Combining colorful LEGO building elements, easy-to-use hardware, and an intuitive drag-and-drop coding language based on Scratch, SPIKE Prime continuously engages students through playful learning activities to think critically and solve complex problems, regardless of their learning level.
The Mini Urban Challenge RVW is a virtual simulation based on a national competition sponsored by The Doolittle Institute, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and Special Operations Command. The purpose of this competition is to design and program a robotic vehicle that can autonomously navigate a mini-urban city, using a virtualLEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robot.