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  • [ November 9, 2012 ]
  • A new band of superheroes deploy and promote clean energy

Photo courtesy of learn.kidwind.org

 

Superheroes are known to be dedicated to protecting the public, defeating the bad guy and ultimately saving the day with their superhuman powers. In 2013, the KidWind project is releasing six comic books to perk kids’ interest in clean energy, rather than beating the “bad guy.” The KidWind organization has been inspiring teachers and students to learn about renewable energy since its start in 2002. The organization holds an annual wind-turbine design competition for kids as well as offering materials and training for teachers who want to include energy concepts into their curriculum. Since it began 10 years ago, KidWind has trained more than 7,000 teachers and helped students build more than 50,000 wind turbine science projects. The KidWind project has been working to engage teachers and students in clean energy science through kits, curriculum and materials, which are free on the website.

KidWind and Friends Komics will feature four feisty kids and their dog who are dedicated to fighting for clean energy practices. There’s the frontman KidWind who is equipped with a turbine helmet that enables him to fly. KidSolar has a suit made of photovoltaic solar panels and a battery belt that enables him to blast light and holograms at opponents. KidHydro is a natural swimmer with turbines as shoulders to help her propel through the water. KidKinetic stores energy from his movement in a battery backpack. Finally, there’s Circuit, the sidekick dog whose tail blows a breeze for KidWind.

KidWind and Friends will not only star in the comic book series, but will star on the packaging for each of the company’s four renewable energy science kits. KidWind kits allow kids to explore the power of clean energy through designing blades, building wind farms, through lighting bulbs and building circuits to charge small electronic devices like a cell phone. KidSolar kits will teach kids how to harness energy from the sun by providing tools to build solar boats, fountains, and solar cars. KidHydro kits will show kids to utilize the power of moving water in a stream or sink. KidKinetic kits will teach kids how to build motors and generators to use wind, power, or human generated power, like a bicycle. Circuit kits will teach kids how to channel the energy from the other kits to do useful work like light bulbls, run motors or charge cell phones.

“We’ve had this dream for a while to branch out into the retail realm… as a way to reach people beyond the classroom,” says Joe Rand, KidWind’s training and outreach director told Midwest Energy News. “The mission remains the same, which is to enlighten people on the science behind renewable energy.”

The company is trying to raise $75,000 through a Kickstarter campaign in order to get the line of toys, kits and comic books out on the market. So far KidWind has earned less than $13,000 with 13 days left to go. Where is the money going exactly? About $30,000 of KidWind’s fundraising goal will be used for new injection molds, $20,000 will be used for product testing that’s required for all retail products, and $25,000 will be used for packaging, materials and marketing the products.

“It’s unfortunate that [clean energy] is sometimes designated as superhero status and doesn’t seem like a reality today,” Rand told the website. “It’s not a superhero thing and it’s not a thing that’s 500 years away. It’s a thing that we need to deploy now.”

Source: Midwest Energy News

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