The idea, says KWEA president Linda White, is to reach kids in nearby schools from the third to fifth grade as they learn about energy -- especially since they often tour the Tehachapi Pass wind plants. And through the kids KWEA hopes to reach parents and teachers too, says White. The first print run was of 5000 copies -- approximately one for each turbine in Tehachapi -- and a second run is planned. Lesson plans will also be devised to accompany each section of the slightly revised second edition.
The 12 page booklet gives a simple history of windmills and what they were used for, shows how they work -- from the yaw and generator to the anemometer -- and includes puzzles, experiments and diagrams on subjects ranging from conservation, different types of wind turbine, and the "power path" between a wind farm and a home.