This Academy will offer an overview of the science of wind energy in the context of how wind energy concepts can be used in K12 schools to help teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts. The course will provide in-depth content on how wind turbines work – from generators and gears to blades, how to site a turbine, how to measure the wind and estimate production from a turbine, and the community and environmental impacts of wind turbines. The Academy will also include an overview of existing wind energy curricula and educational resources as well as information on the Wind for Schools program in Virginia.
Remy Pangle is the Associate Director of Virginia Center for Wind Energy and also the Curriculum Coordinator for the Center. She is responsible for staff and project management as well as developing courses, curriculum, and maintaining the classroom kit lending library. She also coordinates classroom visits and teacher workshops on wind energy. This work is done in coordination with the Virginia Wind for School Program where VCWE assists Virginia schools in developing small wind projects on their campus. Mrs. Pangle holds a B.S. in Integrated Science and Technology from JMU and an M.S. in Oceanography from the University of Maine.