As part of the fourth grade energy unit, students and teachers spend time discussing and learning about renewable energy; itś pros and cons and how different methods work. To integrate and allow students a deeper look into wind energy, in STEAM we have been investigating wind turbine models. We explored the following questions:
- How does this turbine model connect to Michael Faraday´s research on electromagnetism?
- How does the wind energy transfer to electricity?
- Does the number of blades affect voltage created?
- Does the angle of blades affect voltage created?
Additionally, each group learned how to accurately read a volt meter, keep data and even tried to see if they could produce enough electricity with the turbine model to light a small bulb!