Wind Turbine Blade Design Lesson from KidWind

SEEK Updated
03/21/2016
Resource Types: 
Curriculum
Guide
Abstract: 

Blade design and engineering is one of the most complicated and important aspects of current wind turbine technology. Engineers strive to design blades that extract as much energy from the wind as possible throughout a range of wind speeds and gusts. Blades must also be durable, quiet and affordable!

This lesson challenges students to explore the science behind wind turbine blade design. Students will utilize important tools like the scientific method and the design process. Students will collect, evaluate, and present data as they design wind turbine blades.

This lesson can be adapted for elementary, middle, or high school students.

A KidWind turbine or other model wind turbine with interchangeable blades is useful for this activity. Educational model turbines can be found here:
http://www.kidwind.org/xcart/home.php?cat=4

Author: 
KidWind Project
Topic Areas: 
Education
Energy
Engineering
Physics
Target Audience: 
All
Grades Pre K-12
Higher Education
Teachers
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Outside Minnesota
Fee: 
No
Library loan: 
No
Is training required?: 
No
Seasonal: 
No
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