SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Students in six Illinois schools will learn math and science through model wind turbines and weather balloons next year.

The Illinois Wind for Schools program is a partnership with several state universities. The selected schools will get a classroom set of experimental model wind turbines, a pack of experimental weather balloons, a model wind tunnel, customized lab activities and a curriculum on wind energy.

Southwestern Middle and High Schools in Macoupin County are among the selected participants.

Matt Aldeman is the senior energy analyst for Illinois State University’s Center for Renewable Energy. He says the program engages Illinois classrooms in renewable energy and introduces students to possible careers in the wind energy industry.

The program is also holding a free workshop in June to help other Illinois middle school or high school teachers incorporate wind energy topics in the classroom.

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