Wind Power Basics

This activity focuses on wind energy concepts, which are introduced through a Reading Passage and by answering assessment questions. Students construct and test a windmill to observe how design and position affect the electrical energy produced.

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The State of Texas, which developed this activity, is usually thought of as being an oil and gas state, but it is a national and global leader in wind energy as well.

Add additional questions to the reading guide to assess student learning of all content presented.

Supplementary information resource is the National Wind Technology Center's website- http://www.nrel.gov/wind/.

The definition of an electric grid is presented, but information regarding the importance of an updated grid to be able to accommodate large wind farms is not; it should be noted that this is a key hurdle in the large scale deployment of wind technology. The U.S. Department of Energy has a site discussing the smart grid plans for the 21st century: http://www.oe.energy.gov/smartgrid.htm.

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