KidWind Design Challenge: Introduction

KidWind Design Challenge Introduction

Using knowledge of how wind energy works, your class/team will work in small groups to design blades powering a KidWind turbine to produce maximum power. Through implementing the engineering process, students design, build, test and improve turbine blades. Students will have the opportunity to compete in online or in-person events at the completion of their project.

 

The KidWind Design Challenge is offered at no-cost to schools. 

7th-12th grade students and teachers are invited to participate. Limit two teachers per school.

Quick Look

Grade Levels: 7-12

Time Required: Estimated 3-6 class periods, but variable by grade and course

Recommended Group Size: 2-3 students

Subject Areas: Electricity, Renewable Energy, Engineering, Science & Technology

Participant Benefits & Expectations

The KidWind kit will be sent to you at no cost to your school/district with the following expectations:

  • You use the kit with your class, energy team or science club during the 2021-2022 school year.
  • You complete a post-project teacher evaluation documenting how you used the resources with your students. The evaluation will require project photos and videos.
  • After implementing the challenge and completing the teacher evaluation, you will receive a $150 stipend.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, students should be able to:

  • Describe the transformations of energy that occur in a wind turbine.
  • Describe how a wind turbine works.
  • Explain how the design and position of turbine blades affect the electrical energy produced by it.
  • Measure electrical output and calculate turbine power and efficiency.
  • Utilize the engineering design process and scientific method.

Materials List

Basic Class Kit Contents:

  • Turbine Support Base
  • Tower PVC
  • Nacelle (top of the turbine)
  • Motor with wires
  • 10 Blade Hubs
  • Blade Pitch Protractors
  • Dowels for Blades
  • Chipboard (to construct blades)
  • 30-Ohm Resistor
  • Alligator Clips
  • Multimeter

Materials Not Provided:

  • Fan
  • Scissors, utility knife
  • Tape, glue gun and/or glue sticks
  • Additional blade building supplies (Examples: balsa wood, tag board, Styrofoam, paper plates, disposable cups, 3D printing resources)

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