As the Rotor Turns: Wind Power and You

In this hands-on engineering activity, students 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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Danish Wind Industry's Coriolis Force link does not work, but the Industry Association's website is available here: [link]

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

Hardware/home improvement stores may be willing to donate some of the materials needed for this activity.

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