Asia Ward: Co-director, REcharge Labs; Outreach and Project Manager, KidWind Project
I work between the realms of Science, Art, and Education. As a working artist, I make public art projects about the environment, water systems, and energy production. Since 2005 I’ve worked for the Science Museum of Minnesota to develop activities and lead workshops. In 2012 I started working with the KidWind Project and later co-founded REcharge Labs, where I develop products, write curriculum, and train teachers about renewable energy. REcharge Labs encompasses everything I want to work in, and allows me to make a difference, have an impact, and explore, inspire, and learn with others. Visit my website here.
Mike Arquin: Co-director, REcharge Labs; Director, KidWind Project
I have been passionate about renewable energy education for more than 20 years and for the last 15 years, I have been able to make it my full time job. It has been a wild ride and many days I wonder how I got so lucky to be doing exactly what I feel is important. I love helping educators understand and integrate energy concepts and I love inventing kits, parts, and software that helps make teaching about renewable energy challenging and rewarding. But by far, the best part of my journey has been meeting and working with great people from across the world who have inspired my work everyday.
Ava Buchanan: Program Coordinator, REcharge Labs and KidWind Project
I joined on with the REcharge Labs team in 2013 after graduating from Macalester College with a degree in Environmental Studies. Throughout college, I thought a lot about renewable energy and energy access, but focused mainly on community perceptions of environmental issues and solutions. On the side, I’ve always loved making things and creating projects from scratch. At REcharge Labs, I get to combine both of these interests, plus I love getting to work with teachers and their students to ensure that excellent resources are getting into as many schools, in as many places, as possible.