Wind Power: Creating a Wind Generator
Mar 21 2011
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Summary Information


alternative energy, wind power, generator, turbine, electricity, electronmagnetism, magnetism
Earth Science

Target Grade (Ages):

Grade 8 (Ages 13-14)

Estimated Time Required:

2-3 hours

Diversity Indicators:

This lesson can be modified for use with all students, and contains components that will engage visual and tactile learners in particular.

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Average: 4 (3 votes)


pbell's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

I enjoyed reading these ideas

I enjoyed reading these ideas because I can see myself using them in class - I liked the simplicity which allowed change and refinement for younger children eg size of blades, pitch, temperature of hair dryer etc. Liked the video - a simple guide. Just need to borrow the voltmeters from the Secondary School. Have made wind turbines in the past with a workshop from British Nuclear Fuels (Magnox) but their education department has been cut - a pity, it was brilliant! We have a wind turbine farm nearby off the coast of Herne Bay, Reculver, Whitstable in Kent, so can see a research project combined to practical event. Thank you. Will definitely give it a go! Where is the document 'What effect does temperature have on gases' or did I miss it?
Tess's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

Good lesson, can be

Good lesson, can be simplified for grades k-5. Read The Magic School Bus "WaterWorks".
Jeanne's picture

October 23, 2011 - 4:33pm

I really liked reviewing all

I really liked reviewing all the resources that were embedded in this lesson. I am a visual learner, so sometimes when I read procedures in a lesson I get overwhelmed and give up before reading completely through it. Being able to see how the turbine is assembled really makes it easy to follow along to implement in class. In addition, the simulations can be used with students after they discuss the design variables so they can re-design their turbine with them in mind. I think I will write a similar lesson, but with younger students in mind.
angela case's picture

March 22, 2014 - 7:19am

I really like this, waiting

I really like this, waiting to get more motors so I can get started. A wind farm was built here recently, I was fortunate to watch it from the ground up. I took my classes and principal on a field trip through the farm. One of those students will graduate in May with a degree alternative fuels. It is an amazing lesson.