Students conduct a simple energy audit for the classroom and estimate what size wind turbine could power their classroom under local wind conditions.
Students learn how to design and construct different turbine blades to maximize the power output of a wind turbine through the use of the engineering design process.
Students learn how electricity is generated and how design variables affect electricity production. This lesson explores the physics of how generators work and some variables to improve performance.
Students learn the fundamental parts of a windmill, how different rotor designs affect performance, and how energy is transferred from wind into usable mechanical energy. Students will use the engineering design process and the scientific method to design, build, test, and improve their models.
In this unit, students review the difference between forms and sources of energy and learn about the environmental, economic and social trade offs of electrical energy generation.
In this unit, students evaluate wind energy as a viable alternative energy option, including what factors affect wind farm siting on land and offshore.