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Windmills: Putting Wind Energy to Work
Students construct and compare different types of windmills. In this wind energy activity, students use videos and interactive resources to research the history and design of windmills. They use a template to help them construct a windmill. They compare the effectiveness of the different windmill designs.
An Exploration of Wind Energy and Wind Turbines
How is wind produced and is it a good source for energy production? Get some air moving in your class. Learners take a pre-test, watch a demonstration of how electricity can be generated by wind energy, test different turbine factors for output efficiency, and read about this source of alternative renewable energy. Day one of the eight days suggests a PowerPoint or video as a way to introduce alternative energy, but does not link or suggest specific titles. Also, you will need to obtain a generator kit for the demonstration and turbines for experimentation.
Students explore wind energy by making a pinwheel to model a wind turbine. They experiment with their turbine by placing it in different locations for optimal energy.
Sixth graders build a turbine engine to observe effects of the wind. For 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.
WINDMILLS: PUTTING WIND ENERGY TO WORK
Students review the engineering design process and discuss a variety of windmills, focusing on the different materials used in the construction and the type of work each windmill does and they use simple materials to build their own windmills.
An Exploration of Wind Energy and Wind Turbines
High schoolers examine how wind is produced and what makes a good wind energy site. In this wind energy activity students identify the major parts of a wind turbine and list design factors that produce efficient wind turbines.
Energy Play: Harry Spotter and the Chamber of Windy Myths
Students explore the concept of renewable energy. In this alternative energy lesson, students participate in a play that conveys information regarding wind energy. The script may be performed as a play with props or as a reader's theatre.
As the Rotor Turns: Wind Power and You
Students get acquainted with the basics of wind energy. In this engineering lesson students describe how wind is generated, analyze the transformations of energy, and demonstrate how electricity is generated using wind power.
See the Wind
Students explore alternative energy sources. In this wind energy lesson plan, students will investigate the difference in the speed and smoothness of wind at different altitudes above earth. Students will use kites, helium balloons, streamers, and a wind speed meter to see the way wind works, they will then discuss their observations and the implications of wind as a renewable resource.
Natural Resources: Wind
In the natural resources: wind activity, students read the passage and answer five comprehension questions about wind energy.
Capturing Wind Energy
Young scholars investigate technology and make a correlation between technology and the weather. In this science lesson, students experiment with the weather and climate using technology to help them understand forces and motion. They identify technological designs based on these investigations.
In this wind energy learning exercise, students read about wind energy, then complete a crossword puzzle that uses concepts and words from the selection, 7 words total.
Economics: Are Wind Turbines Economically Feasible?
Students identify the components of a wind turbine and determine the best circumstances to maximize wind power. They discuss wind energy viability and investigate efforts to implement wind energy. Students conduct a cost benefit analysis to wind turbines comparing them to other energy forms.
New! Building the Basic PVC Wind Turbine
Here is a comprehensive and well-written lesson plan that results in learners building a standard wind turbine. Once built, teens can design a variety of experiments to test different factors. This activity is a noble undertaking that will blow both your class members and the entire school away! Consider making this an Earth Day project for your engineering, physics, or environmental studies classes.
Thar She Blows!: Wind Power
Students examine how wind energy is transformed into electrical energy. In pairs, they build miniature wind turbines and measure how much electrical current they produce. They asses the importance of design and position in energy production.
Harvest the Wind
Wind is a natural resource available around the world. Help your pupils appreciate the power and importance of wind by researching wind farms, making pinwheels, and designing windmills. An informational text is provided, as are templates for the pinwheels and windmills. You might need to go into more depth in order to meet all of the listed standards.
Writing the Wind
Students make a windmill. In this wind lesson plan, students learn background information about the windmill, complete an activity where they create a windmill, discuss using wind as a natural resource and brainstorm other inventions that are dependent on the wind.
Energy in a Clean Environment
Students identify and describe the different types of energy and how it is transferred. In this energy lesson students complete several activities including how to calculate joules, adding up wattage, and create a presentation on renewable energy.
Wind Power! 2
Fourth graders explore how engineers transform wind energy into electrical energy by building their own miniature wind turbines and measuring the electrical current it produces. They see how design and position affect the electrical energy production. Some excellent attachments to this plan will guide the groups of students through the design of their wind turbines.
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.