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Wind Turbine Blade Design


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    U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

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Wind Turbine Blade Design

In this activity, learners design, build and test wind turbines. Learners go through the design process and use the scientific method to test important blade variables. Learners then use this data to create an optimal set of wind turbine blades. Educators can do the basic lesson in 3-4 class periods (about 3-4 hours) or extend the activity with a larger challenge that takes 5-7 class periods in total (about 5-7 hours).

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
2 to 4 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Some type of model turbine that can quickly interchange blades
  • Multimeters or Voltage/Current Data Loggers or Multimeter Box
  • Box fans
  • Rulers
  • Pictures of Wind Turbine Blades
  • Scale Model Turbines (optional)
  • PowerPoint of Wind Turbines Blades (optional)
  • Wind Speed Meter (optional)
  • Tachometer (optional)
  • Blade construction materials: Cardboard, Balsa Wood, Tissue Paper, Plastic, Paper Cups, Index Cards, Exacto Knifes, Scissors, Glue, Tape, String, Knex, Lego, Tinker Toys, Popsicle Sticks, Toothpicks, Hot Glue Guns

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
    • Technology
      • Energy and Power
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Energy and Power
      • Work and Machines
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • Rotation Motion
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • The Scientific Worldview
      • About Inquiry
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Model Building

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, KidWind, ©2006

Funding Sources:

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory, LEE-5-55877-01
  • Tufts University
  • National Wind Technology Center

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