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For hundreds of years, wind has been a source of energy for the coastal nations of Europe. Today, Europe is home to some of the world's most innovative wind energy projects. Here, a series of turbines generates 100 percent of the electricity for residents of Samso, Denmark.

Photograph by Andrew Henderson, National Geographic

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You Have the Power
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You Have the Power

Make informed energy decisions by exploring the relationships between factors such as geographic location, availability of energy resources, cost, and environmental and community impacts.

  • Best for: Grades 8-12 (ages 13-18)
  • Concepts: coal, community impacts, electricity, energy, energy resources, environmental impacts, fossil fuels, geographic location, hydroelectricity, natural gas, non-renewable energy, nuclear energy, petroleum, renewable energy, solar energy, wind energy
Global Wind Day
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Global Wind Day

On June 15, 2009, the world first celebrated Global Wind Day, recognizing the sustainable power of wind energy.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: renewable energy, sustainability, wind, wind energy
London Array
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EDUCATION

London Array

Photo of an offshore wind farm at sunset.

  • Concepts: england, london array, north sea, sunsets, wind farms, wind turbines
Case Study: Cape Wind Project
Article
EDUCATION

Case Study: Cape Wind Project

The Cape Wind project's goal is to develop additional sources of wind energy in the Nantucket Sound. Learn why it has faced very strong opposition for more than 10 years from some stakeholders, even after gaining the last of the necessary permits and approval from the federal level in 2010.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: case study, conflict resolution, conservation, decision-making, electricity, energy, massachusetts, renewable energy, stakeholders, tourism, wildlife conservation, wind energy, wind farms, wind turbines
Yes, In My Backyard!
Article
EDUCATION

Yes, In My Backyard!

Explore the interwoven stories of a Dane and a Texan who convinced their neighbors to harness the wind and rebuild their communities as a result.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: communities, electricity, energy, fossil fuels, renewable energy, surplus power, wind, wind energy, wind farms, wind power
Careers in Renewable Energy
Article
EDUCATION

Careers in Renewable Energy

Watch videos of a live event focused on STEM careers in renewable energy.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: careers, electrical grid, energy, engineering, live event, math, renewable energy, science, stem, stem careers, technology, wind energy
Energy Solutions: Tapping into the Topography of Lake Turkana
Activity
EDUCATION

Energy Solutions: Tapping into the Topography of Lake Turkana

Students read an article about a community wind project in Kenya, analyze the article’s structure, and develop and categorize a list of factors to be considered when planning the wind project.

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: electricity, energy, lake turkana, wind energy, wind farms
Stakeholder Debate: Wind Energy
Activity
EDUCATION

Stakeholder Debate: Wind Energy

Students investigate conflicts over the use of wind energy in Nantucket Sound, take on the role of a stakeholder in the debate, and hold a town council meeting to decide whether or not a wind energy project should be implemented.

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: decision-making, electricity, energy, energy resources, renewable energy, wind energy
Energy Resources
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EDUCATION

Energy Resources

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: biomass energy, energy, geothermal energy, hydroelectric energy, mining, natural gas, nuclear energy, power plants, solar power, wind energy
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EDUCATION

Energy Conservation

Wind energy is poised to become a major energy source. Recently, however, people have begun to report problems and complaints with wind turbines built close to houses.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: energy, energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, wind energy, wind turbines
renewable energy
Article
EDUCATION

renewable energy

Renewable energy comes from sources that will not be used up in our lifetimes, such as the sun and wind.

  • Best for: Grades 3-8 (ages 8-14)
  • Concepts: biomass energy, geothermal energy, renewable energy, solar energy, wind energy
Energy 101: Wind Turbines
Video
EDUCATION

Energy 101: Wind Turbines

See how wind turbines generate clean electricity from the power of the wind. Highlighted are the various parts and mechanisms of a modern wind turbine.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: electricity, energy, kinetic energy, mechanical energy, renewable energy, solar energy, wind energy, wind turbines
wind energy
Article
EDUCATION

wind energy

Wind energy is produced by the movement of air (wind) and converted into electricity.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: electricity, renewable energy, wind energy, windmills, wind turbines