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COD and CVEP Conduct KidWind Student Competition

A partnership of Coachella Valley schools and educational organizations announce the Fourth Annual KidWind Regional Competition set for Saturday, February 8, 2014.  

Area students will compete in the regional event scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (teams begin arriving for check-in at 7:45) at Desert Mirage High School, 86150 66th Avenue, Thermal, CA. Approximately 90 students from area middle and high schools will build and demonstrate their working wind turbine models. The student projects will be judged by local industry partners and community leaders. The winning team at the high school and middle school levels will each receive $1,000 toward travel to participate in the national competition in Washington, D.C. This year’s competition is jointly sponsored by Coachella Valley Unified School District, College of the Desert, Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, SMaRT Education, and CREATE.  This is the fourth annual competition organized by the Advanced Technology Industry Council - an industry council of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. Desert Mirage High School will host this year’s event and will be facilitated by Tony Korwin, Coordinator and Lead Instructor. The KidWind events in our region are coordinated with the California Regional Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technical Education (CREATE) office at College of the Canyons through funding by the National Science Foundation.

The KidWind program helps teachers learn about wind energy technology, receive curriculum and materials for integrating wind energy instruction into their classes, and form student teams for a regional competition. The College of the Canyons grant from the NSF established CREATE, to create and expand courses and workforce training programs to help address the high demand for renewable energy technicians throughout the state.

KidWind was started by a sixth grade California science teacher, Michael Arquin, who was not satisfied with the products available to teach children about wind energy science. KidWind creates affordable classroom-ready materials and free downloadable print materials to support teachers and students all over the world. For those who do not have the financial ability to purchase the materials, they also offer a giveaway program. Since founding the company in 2004, he has developed and is selling wind energy kits online. Visit KidWind at

For more information, contact Larry McLaughlin at COD at or 760 773-2595; or Kim McNulty at CVEP at or 760.413.5990; or Tony Korwin at CVUSD at or 760.397.2255.