(Detroit, MI) July 25, 2016 – Culminating a year of collaboration, REcharge Labs and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (AAHOM) will showcase a Wind Energy Program at the Detroit Maker Faire. Developed in partnership with the City of Ann Arbor and other collaborators, the program helps students in grades 5-8 explore wind energy concepts through hands-on activities. The Detroit Maker Faire is being held at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI, July 30-31, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM each day. Attendees can experience the Wind Energy Program in Zone 1, Plaza-DC3.
“Within weeks of our first meeting with AAHOM we generated 10 activities and five museum exhibit prototypes,” said Asia Ward, Co-Director of REcharge Labs. “The combination of museum and renewable energy expertise helped us collaboratively construct portable exhibits to provide a multifaceted learning experience about the complicated topic of wind power.”
The partnership with Recharge Labs began when AAHOM was offered the opportunity to receive project funding through the City of Ann Arbor, in conjunction with a grant from the Department of Energy, to create a series of wind educational programs for schools and libraries in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas. Tasked with making this happen in one year, AAHOM’s education staff consulted with REcharge Labs and other organizations to create a hands-on program to fulfill the grant’s requirements. AAHOM’s outreach team and REcharge Labs worked together to augment REcharge Labs’ existing content and invent new wind power activities to create a meaningful and fun program for youth in the area.
The Detroit Maker Faire will mark the end of an almost full year of collaboration with the AAHOM. The resulting Wind Energy Program which ran throughout the year included REcharge Labs content featured in 60 workshops, nine “family nights” and four festivals, which directly impacted more than 8,000 students, parents, and educators.
About REcharge Labs
REcharge Labs generates resources for learners to creatively explore wind and solar power. The company seeks to engage and inspire today’s students to become the innovative renewable energy leaders of tomorrow by offering effective hands-on learning activities and kits, teacher professional development, online engineering design challenges, and curricula. REcharge Labs also provides community outreach to partnering companies, energy developers, museums, state agencies, and more. For more information, visitrechargelabs.org.
About the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is an award-winning provider of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education. It offers more than 250 interactive exhibits that spark the imagination and simply teach complex ideas and concepts. The Museum attracts more than 250,000 visitors every year. The mission of the Museum is to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Visit www.aahom.org or call 734.995.5439 for more information.