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Students explore the ways that engineers study and harness the wind. They study the different kinds of winds and how to measure wind direction. In addition, students learn how air pressure creates winds and how engineers build and test wind turbines to harness energy from wind. Excellent extension activities imbedded in this plan show students how to make a wind vane and a wind turbine.
Students explore wind energy. In this wind power lesson, students create models of wind turbines and experiment with changes that will help efficiency. Students watch a video on wind power and discuss. Students work in groups to create their wind turbine. Students use different base widths, blades, and materials to create the turbines.
Students observe a model of a waterwheel to investigate the transformations of energy involved in turning the blades of a hydro-turbine into work. They work as engineers to create a model for a new waterwheel while considering resources, such as time and materials, in their design. Students also discuss and explore the characteristics of hydropower plants.
Sixth graders build a turbine engine to observe effects of the wind. In this wind energy lesson, 6th graders read an article and work in groups to build a simple turbine engine. Students connect a voltmeter to monitor different wind speeds. Students complete a worksheet.
Students are able to identify the benefits and drawbacks of different types of alternative energies. They get a brief overview of different types of alternative energies used in Wisconsin. Students watch a Video: Renewable Energy: Clean Power for Wisconsin. As they view it, they complete a short study guide. Students create a poster to illustrate one of the alernative energy sources.
ï»¿For this National Biodiesel Day worksheet, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, correct words, multiple choice, spelling, sequencing, scrambled sentences, writing questions, survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities on International National Biodiesel Day.