Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, City of Ann Arbor Awarded Grant for New Wind Energy Education Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JUNE 16, 2015 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. -- With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the City of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum are partnering on a new wind energy education program. The program includes the development of new permanent and traveling wind energy exhibits as well as programs that will be delivered throughout the community.

“We welcome any time the Museum can get out in to the community to show that science is both interesting and fun. The Museum’s team is thrilled for this opportunity to create a new program that can be delivered to our visitors and throughout the region,” said Mel Drumm, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum executive director. “Wind energy is a timely and interesting topic that presents a range of educational opportunities.”

A primary focus of the Museum will be to deliver outreach programs about wind energy throughout the community, including schools. The educational content of these programs will center on hands-on activities that explain how wind energy is generated, stored and distributed. The Museum’s team will also create a permanent wind energy exhibit for display at the Museum, along with traveling exhibits that can be used for educational programming at community centers, schools, libraries and festivals.

The City of Ann Arbor is serving as the wind energy education project manager.

“The City is excited to partner with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum on this project to continue the discussion with the community on the technology and benefits of wind energy,” said Brian Steglitz, City of Ann Arbor Water Treatment Unit manager. “The City has long been a leader in using and promoting alternative and renewable energy. Through this partnership, the City hopes our community will be able to expand knowledge of wind as a form of renewable energy, and participate in helping the City of Ann Arbor and State of Michigan meet their renewable energy goals.”

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