Wind Energy Sector set to equip Donegal Teachers with Understanding of Renewables

Kidwind course to provide free training to 15 Donegal teachers

The Irish Wind Energy sector will this week provide support and training to
Donegal teachers at both primary and secondary level, aimed at equipping them with the
knowledge, skills and resources required to educate local students on the facts of renewable energy
and in particular, wind energy.

The free four day KidWind course, sponsored by RES and scheduled to be held at the Donegal
Education Centre, will outline the benefits of wind power and incorporate lessons in renewable
energy and energy concepts, environmental and economic impacts, and classroom model building
projects, to name a few.

Aimed at registered teachers in science, maths and geography, either employed or unemployed,
KidWind is just one of a number of Skillnet courses provided and funded by the Department of
Education in conjunction with member companies of the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA)
focussed on enhancing the competitiveness and employability of those connected with the wind
energy industry.

Speaking about the initiative, IWEA Chief Executive Kenneth Matthews said, “We believe this course
is a timely, fun, and hands on way to educate young people in Donegal- through their teachers – on
issues relating to renewable energy.”

Speaking about the KidWind course in Donegal, Lucy Whitford, Head of Development for Ireland,
RES said, “The KidWind initiative will raise young people’s awareness of new technologies and
developments in the renewable energy space and help them to make educated decisions on the
future of energy in Ireland. We are delighted to be involved.”

The course, to be hosted by two renowned renewable energy experts, Dr. Paul MacArtain and
Raymond Byrne, both of the Dundalk Institute of Technology, will take place between 19th and 22nd
August and is currently welcoming applicants.

For more information please see www.iwea.com.

KidWind Ireland is a project that seeks to train and equip teachers at primary and second level to
teach their own students about wind energy and provide knowledge about the industry. KidWind
has its origins in the USA where it has been met with great success. The programme is aimed at
teachers of science, mathematics and geography although others often attend. Training for teachers
is delivered as a four day course covering theory and practical wind energy topics at the appropriate
level so that they become confident in delivering courses in wind energy to primary and second level
students. The course also involves a visit to a nearby wind farm.

Established in 1993, the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) is the national body representing the
wind energy sector in Ireland. IWEA is committed to promoting the use of wind energy in Ireland and
beyond as an economically viable and environmentally sound alternative to conventional generation
and promotes awareness and understanding of wind.

power as the primary renewable energy resource. IWEA is also dedicated to education and
awareness building, and to building the skills base of the renewable energy sector in Ireland. IWEA
also supports the development of other renewable technology, particularly marine energy. IWEA has
more than 200 members who incorporate all leading industry voices in Ireland. IWEA acts as a
central point for information for its membership as well as a voice to promote wind energy to
government. IWEA is entirely self-funded and relies on the support of its members. For more
information, please visit http://www.iwea.com.

Source: IWEA

For more information on: IWEA