Stony Brook University

K-12 Offshore Wind Programs

Program Description

The School of Professional Development partnered with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and a hands-on STEM-education provider, WhyMaker, to repurpose the content for K-12 audiences. “Offshore Wind for Kids” was developed in three distinct age tiers (elementary, middle, and high school) for appropriate conveying of topics such as “what is wind power,” “how does a wind turbine work,” “can a windmill float,” and “how does the power get to my house.”

After the short video lectures and animations (of an increasing length and depth relative to the audience), students then build a mock windmill that floats in a pool of water.

Schools within a designated underserved community can have their windmill kits and content provided and facilitated NYPA’s environmental justice unit and a Stony Brook University representative. Those outside underserved communities can purchase the kits and/or collaborate with Stony Brook University for necessary grant funding.

Focus Areas

  • Wind technology
  • Transmission modeling
  • Grid integration
  • Battery storage
  • Hydrogen cogeneration
  • Advanced technology via AI, VR, and machine learning

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Renewable energy educator
  • Renewable energy technician
  • Environmental scientist or engineer
  • Wind energy engineer
  • Policy analyst/ advocate

Target audience

Maintenance

Program Format

In-person

Educational Level Prerequisites

High School diploma/GED

Expected Outcomes

Non-credit