Wind for Change is a classroom education program and fundraiser for Cool Kids Campaign coordinated by Meteorologist Justin Berk.
will visit your school, teach your class a complimentary science lesson about weather, and coordinate a wind speed fundraising contest among students.
presentation is easily adjusted for various ages, and can be tailored to emphasize current classroom topics.
finds this program works best with grades K-8.
In just 5 years of conducting Wind For Change
has raised over $102,230 for Cool Kids Campaign
as kids collect pledges for their wind speed!!
Two weeks before Justin
visits your school, teachers explain the Wind For Change
contest to students and ask for participants in a wind speed contest.
Participating students then take home a Wind Speed Pledge Sheet and solicit pledges from families and friends.
Sponsorships start at 50¢ per mph.
Students can also collect a flat donation of $5 or more to participate.
Part 1 of the visit - The Science Lesson
45-minute science presentation covers a wide range of weather-related concepts.
most popular segment with students is extreme weather, interspersed with videos, photos and Justin's narrative of safety tips and forecasting techniques.
slide deck infused with current events, including pictures of satellite launches and recent storms.
After the wind speed contest, Justin
announces which student collected the most pledges and who recorded the highest wind speed.
Every participant is presented with a personal certificate with their name and highest speed.
How to invite Justin
to your school
prefers Wednesdays (but is flexible) and a start time between 10am and 11am.
Email WindForChange@coolkidscampaign.org with your name, school, phone number, and date and time you're considering.
is not able to teach individual lessons in one day and prefers an assembly format, so that all students from various grades can hear the science lesson and participate in the wind contest.
Justin's school calendar availability
For the 2015-2016 academic year, Justin
has 17 potential spots for school visits.
See our scheduling page for more info.
If you are interested in speaking with a teacher who has used Wind For Change
in his/her classroom, please email email@example.com and we would be happy to connect you.
is proud to say that MANY of the schools he
visits invite him back!