I’ve Got the POWER Wind Energy Potential at Your School

The 20th lesson in a 21-part series connects the wind data and expectations of a turbine to whether such devices should be built in your area. Scholars begin with estimating the wind potential at school by using long-term climate data before comparing the cost of buying and installing the turbine to determine if it would be better or worse for the area.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Map the areas on another continent that would benefit from wind energy
  • Visit a wind farm or watch a tour of a wind farm online
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires prior knowledge of wind speed and kinetic energy

  • Aligns to the National Science Education Standards, National Education Technology Standards, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Education Standards, Climate Literacy Principles, and Energy Literacy Principles
  • Offers technology tips for the programs used
  • Includes links to many resources for before, during, and after the lesson

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