Wind Turbines

weighlifting turbineThis project involves seventh and or eighth grade students working in teams to build fully functioning windmills.  They develop an understanding and awareness for wind energy sources, as well as a sense of sustainable energy.  Students begin the unit by designing a weightlifting windmill out of a variety of supplied materials. They compete to see who can lift the most washers. Then, they do an inquiry activity to determine who can build the turbine that can produce the most volts. They experiment with number of blades, blade pitch, blade shape etc. A classroom competition is the culminating event for the unit.

 

 

Video of Bethel’s challenge:

Bethel’s KidWind Challenge in action

WEBSITES

2016 Kidwind Event Rules

2016 Kidwind Judging Rubric

Kidwind project

Wind turbine blade design-Kidwind lessons

Wind Energy, how it works

America Wind Energy Association

The Wind Turbine Company

Guide to teaching renewable energy

Energy Story

Kids Saving Energy

Earthday Network

Wind Energy game

How wind power works

Exploring Wind energy

Working with wind energy

Renewable energy basics

Wind energy facts

Wind energy quiz

Wind farm game

VIDEOS
Wind Turbine Construction
Windmill disaster
What is the design process?
Climb a wind turbine

Making a Clip Hub

BOOKS
Teacher’s Guide to Wind Power Projects-pamphlet

The Wind at Work

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