FAIRBANKS -- The U.S. Department of Energy is adding Alaska to its Winds for Schools program.
The national grant program offers hands-on science education studying wind energy to children and college students.
The program will be administered by the Center for Energy and Power at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The center's Katherine Keith says the K-12 program leads directly into the community college and university components of the program, where students can participate in wind research projects while learning about applied energy.
The university will offer a college-level wind energy curriculum and provide job placement opportunities for students.
Alaska will be one of 11 states participating in the program.