Not all trade shows are focused only on professionals. This is not the first year that a thematic exhibition of wind power in the United States, besides traditional programme, has also organized separate activities for children and young people, which are designed to help them find their vocation in the wind industry and broaden horizons.
Under the auspices of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Siemens and GE Renewable Energy provide sponsorship to a series of educational initiatives “The Next Generation of Wind Leaders” held during the largest in the US wind power exhibition WindPower 2016 (May 23-26 in New Orleans, Louisiana).
The series of educational initiatives “The Next Generation of Wind Leaders” aims to reach more young audience (from young professionals to pupils) interested in acquiring new knowledge about wind energy and its application.
In addition to the sponsorship programme for young professionals “Emerging Leaders Programme” (ELP), Siemens also intends to provide technical and advisory assistance.
Thus, in order to provide counseling for young employees and share experiences and knowledge with professionals, the company will attract at least five of its outstanding employees – experienced professionals in the field of wind energy.
ELP seeks to help develop the next generation of leaders in the industry. The training plan includes the cover of a wide range of issues and about 20 hours of presentations in 5 conference halls.
US Department of Energy is holding a competition among universities to submit their designs in small wind energy – “Collegiate Wind Competition 2016”.
Twelve American universities are sending their teams to the competition. The meetings of students stimulate their competitive spirit and the consultations with professionals improve theoretical knowledge and the applicability of the created models in practice.
The programme of the event includes testing of the submitted samples of turbines, public speaking, debating and rewarding the winners.
GE Renewable Energy is funding the project for the youngest fans of wind power “National KidWind Challenge”.
The competition project for schoolchildren “KidWind” will gather more than thirty teams from approximately one hundred pupils of forms 4-12.
The competition will include a presentation of the works of pupils, evaluation of models on air flow, evaluation of the engineering and technical component and presentation of the sponsorship prizes.
A more detailed presentation of the announced educational programs you can find on the website of the exhibition WindPower 2016: