Reflection: Classroom Setup Using Scientific Formulas - Section 2: Engage


In science we are lucky. If we set up an experiment and give the students time to ask questions, think though what they see, we have them engaged and ready to learn.

Before teaching this lesson I put together a wind turbine with the blades, the cup, and the weights. Students walk into the room and see the set-up on the table and immediately ask questions. "What are we doing? Did you build those? Is that what we are doing?" The model is the engaging part of the lesson. 

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Using Scientific Formulas

Unit 7: Designing for the Future: Wind Turbine Design
Lesson 6 of 7

Objective: SWBAT use use scientific formulas and to understand how three data points can be used to determine acceleration, work, force, and power in watts.

Big Idea: How can we measure the energy of a wind turbine? This lesson helps students use mathmematical reasoning to calculate the power of a wind turbine by plugging data into science formulas.

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