Type:

Other

Description:

This hands-on project provides step-by-step instructions for building a vertical axis wind turbine in secondary classrooms. The 17-page construction plans may be freely downloaded and are organized for first-time builders. Comprehensive background information on wind energy and renewable energy are provided. Registered teacher-users also have access to supporting lesson plans. All of the materials are readily available in hardware or grocery stores. This resource, which meets multiple national science standards, was developed to spark students' interest in learning more about renewable energy sources and the science and engineering principles that underlie the harnessing of renewable power. Editor's Note: Wind turbines work by using an internal generator to convert the mechanical energy of the spinning turbine shaft into electricity. This particular project is modeled after the Savonius rotor system, which uses uses drag -- not lift -- to capture energy for making electricity. Although it isn't as efficient as a conventional horizontal axis turbine, it is much easier to build.

Subjects:

  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

clean energy,NSDL,Active Learning,renewable energy,energy,Grade 9,green energy,Motors and Generators,Mechanical Power,Classical Mechanics,Electromagnetic Induction,Environmental science,Social Sciences,Other Sciences,Work and Energy,Grade 10,Grade 11,Grade 12,wind energy,Informal Education,energy sources,Environmental Science,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-102,Education,Conservation of Energy,Physics,General Public,engineering design,Electricity and Magnetism,Ecology, Forestry and Agriculture,Education Practices,Engineering,High School,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20130508143106484T,Technology,Geoscience,clean energy project,wind turbine

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike

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Update Standards?

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.5: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Analyze the structure of the relationships among concepts in a text, including relationships among key terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.9: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.10: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 9—10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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