Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM CDT
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IBEW NECA Technical Institute
6201 W 115th Street
Alsip, IL 60803

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Wendi Moss
The NEED Project

2019 Chicago Area Level 1 Wind & Solar Workshop - Alsip, IL 

If you are unable to complete you registration please email wmoss@need.org.


  • Install school teachers
  • 4th – 12th Grade Science Teachers
  • CTE Teachers
  • Math Teachers


  • It’s FREE
  • Breakfast & lunch provided
  • Substitute reimbursement
  • Parking
  • NEED Solar or Wind Kit
  • Illinois state aligned curriculum.


The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation launched its K-12 Solar Schools Program in 2006, and it’s K-12 Wind Schools Pilot in 2011 to introduce the future of energy technology to today’s students. To date, the Foundation’s programs have awarded grants to over 300 schools across Illinois to support the installation of small scale solar PV and wind systems. Although small, each system will become part of the school’s curriculum as well as generate free electricity. More information and monitoring can be found at www.IllinoisSolarSchools.org




8:30 a.m.             Registration

Pick up NEED materials and conference supplies.  Continental breakfast will be served.  NEED curriculum kits are sponsored for each teacher attending the workshop, including Energy Infobooks at three grade levels, and much more! 

 8:45 a.m.             Welcome, Renewable Energy Bingo, and Learning about ICECF Opportunities

Review goals and objectives for the workshop and begin planning ways to use the NEED materials and training in your school.  Learn more about the ICECF and programs available to local schools.  Play Renewable Energy Bingo for prizes! 

 9:30 a.m.             Science of Energy

These hands-on forms of energy lessons help explain the forms of energy and energy transformations.  Understanding the forms of energy guides students to deeper knowledge of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources and how we use the energy harnessed from each. 

11:00 a.m.           Wind Energy 101

11:15 a.m.           Exploring Wind Energy 

These lessons encourage inquiry into wind energy and the transformation of mechanical energy into electricity.

12:00 p.m.          Lunch

12:45 p.m.          Solar Energy 101

1:00 p.m.             Exploring Solar Energy

Explore radiant energy transformations and the production of electricity from solar energy.   The ICECF has sponsored NEED Solar education kits for all participating schools. These lessons and activities provide activities to engage students in learning about renewable energy.  Use interdisciplinary lessons to integrate more solar in the classroom too!

2:30 p.m.             Using Solar Installation Data in the Classroom

3:00 p.m.             The Paperwork!  Evaluation, Selection of Kits, and Wrap-up

3:30 p.m.             Adjourn