Reflection: Classroom Setup Designing A Wind Turbine (Part 4) - Section 3: Designing an Investigation


An important material in this lesson is a wind turbine kit. My favorite is from The KidWind Project. This company produces many useful materials. They sell fantastic wind turbines parts that are easy to use. There are non-consumables that I keep year after year and consumables that I order every year. I like it because the turbines are big and easy to test. They come with motors that I use to differentiate for my fast paced learners. The materials are reliably built, sturdy, and the turbines are a good size - about 3 feet high. I buy a couple of floor fans to simulate wind if it is cold or calm outside. 

The KidWind Project organization conducts teacher in-services, on-line contests, and they have great wind references.  Many times my students have used their site as a solid source during the research component of the lesson. 

  Wind Turbine Kits
  Classroom Setup: Wind Turbine Kits
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Designing A Wind Turbine (Part 4)

Unit 7: Designing for the Future: Wind Turbine Design
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: SWBAT determine the best idea for a wind turbine blade and test the design.

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