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OEP recognizes participating schools will be implementing the program in different formats. Some will use it with their energy team or science club. Others may be implementing with an entire class. We also understand every school has unique safety procedures regarding Covid and hands-on science. Our goal is to provide maximum flexibility in implementing the challenge while providing adequate support. Using a Sample Unit Plan is not a requirement. They are only provided to help with your planning. Sample 2-Lesson or 4-Lesson Unit Plan.
Students should have a general understanding of the sources of energy and how they are used to generate electricity. Additionally, students will utilize the scientific method to test their hypothesis and evaluate their results.
Before the Activity (teachers)
Safety is a primary concern when testing your turbine blades. NEVER use metal or any sharp-edged material as they could cause injury while spinning fast during testing. It is important to wear safety goggles when testing the blades. Refer to OEP’s videos and teacher handout Building Tips & Trouble Shooting.
To receive a stipend, you will need to complete the teacher evaluation. The evaluation requires photo and video documentation. You can choose how you do this; either submit a single project or a compilation of projects. You will also have the option to nominate two projects for special awards (listed below). Any projects submitted for special awards will require a team photo, video and the students’ datasheet. More information will be provided on the judging criteria.
Teacher Nominated Awards: