Design and Construct an Efficient Wind Turbine!
Activity challenges students to design and construct a wind turbine and determine it's efficiency by monitoring the turbine's rotational speed.
Students use a wide variety of materials and designs as they explore wind turbine technology. The goal is to create a turbine that turns as fast as possible when exposed to a wind source for a specific period of time.
The software will monitor and display the rotational speed of a vertical and horizontal wind turbine. A special graph will show the RPM while the actual RPM number will be displayed. Students can determine the most efficient turbine by comparing the highest recorded RPM or the greatest average RPM computed by the program.
Recommended for Grades 6-10. NOTE: Computer Required. Windows.