Wind Works: Wind Electricity
Driving question: How can wind produce reliable, affordable, electrical energy that is clean and sustainable, benefiting humans without harming our environment?
Hold on to your notebooks! Large fans and demonstration wind turbines unite to create electricity and present the power potential of wind. Students take measurements of wind speed with handheld anemometers and measure the voltage output on specially designed wind turbines. Students then graph the resulting data to explore the relationship between wind speed and power, and evaluate wind power as an energy alternative here in Vermont.
What's In The Kit
The standard kit comes with three stations, but we can provide extra stations for classes larger than 15 students.
Kit includes: Wind generators, visual volt meters, digital multimeters, anemometers, 3-speed fans, small DC motors, lightbulbs, LEDs, static electricity kit, convection kit, battery and bulb kits, handcrank generators, dynamo LED flashlight, shake flashlight, radio, and more.
Kit size: 4 small plastic totes, 3 box fans (designed for 9-12 students; request additional stations for larger groups)
Kit cost: $40.00
- NGSS Standards Addressed
MS-ESS-3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
MS-ETS-1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
MS-ETS-1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
MS-ETS-1-3 Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.