As the Rotor Turns: Wind Power and You

In this hands-on engineering activity, students will build a tabletop wind turbine. Students get acquainted with the basics of wind energy and power production by fabricating and testing various blade designs for table-top windmills constructed from one-inch PVC pipe and balsa wood (or recycled materials). The activity includes lots of good media and Web resources supporting the science content.

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Website of Danish Wind Energy that is used in first part of activity is not available, educator will have to teach this science piece using different materials.

Educators need to address the origins of wind, wind as a renewable energy resource, and the physics behind wind power generation.

Many hardware/home improvement stores are willing to donate much of the materials needed for this activity.

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