Area educators take part in renewable wind energy workshop

Published: Jul. 29, 2019 at 6:33 PM CDT
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Wind keeps the turbines in Murray County turning.

However, the renewable energy workshop, held at the Murray County Expo Center on Saturday, turned the minds of Oklahoma teachers, like science teacher Patty Dodd, who is looking for ways to make learning about the science behind it interesting to their students.

"I also plan to, hopefully, work with my math teacher and maybe do some activities together where she can do part of it in her classroom with the math side and I as well in the science room," Dodd said.

The workshop was put on by the Kid Wind project, an international program focusing on wind energy.

Educators from Ada, Lone Grove, Madill and Sulphur spent the day constructing and testing wind turbines.

Kathy Jackson is the Kid Wind instructor for Oklahoma and lead the workshop.

"(It's) just something more in their toolbox, their educator tool box, that they can use with the kids, whether that's science, technology, engineering or math-based and actually kind of combine it," Jackson said.

Teachers spent part of the day also learning about circuitry and solar power.

Dodd said she plans to share what she learned with her fellow teachers and believes the activity will make a lasting impression on her students.

"The kids will love anything that you do hands on," Dodd said. "When they can be active and work together and problem solve together, there's actually more learning that goes on in the classroom rather than the teacher standing up in front of the classroom and doing everything."

Jackson said Kid Wind plans to hold an advanced class for educators in Murray county within the next month.