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Bord Gáis Energy Supports Wind Energy Training Programme for Waterford Teachers and Students

03.11.11

Bord Gáis Energy has partnered with the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) to run 'KidWind' - a four day renewable energy training course for secondary school teachers which started on Tuesday and will run until Friday, 4th November, in the Clarion Hotel, Cork. This course is being delivered by Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) and aims to educate young people on the importance and value of wind energy in Ireland today and into the future.

The KidWind programme, which originated in the USA, will equip teachers from ten schools around Ireland with the skills needed to teach their own students about wind energy and tutor industry insight. The course also includes a site tour to Gneeves wind farm near Millstreet in Cork.

The programme is primarily targeted at science, maths and geography teachers. Workshops will focus on specific lessons from basic turbine system concepts to the impact on wildlife and economics. Participating teachers will be prepared to teach students about blade analysis, blade design and wind resource assessment, amongst other topics. The teachers will come away with a wind turbine model building kit which they can construct in the classroom to demonstrate to their students.

Jason Scagell, Head of Assets & Trading of Bord Gais Energy said: “Bord Gáis Energy is delighted to sponsor the KidWind initiative which will enable teachers to inspire the younger population to continue studies in wind energy. This is a sector which will undoubtedly provide great job opportunities in the future and the KidWind programme will enhance students’ prospects of building a wind economy in Ireland.

Nine teachers from schools in Counties Dublin, Cork, Wicklow, Clare, Kildare and Kerry are taking part in the training programme.

Further information about KidWind can be found at www.iwea.com

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