Wind Power

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Name of Activity Wind Power
Author Tufts STOMP
Keywords wind power, windmills, wind, LEGOs, pinwheels, straws, paper, brads
Subject NXTs, Non-LEGO
Grade Level K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Time 1 Hour Total
Brief Description Teach students about wind power, how windmills work, Cape Wind, etc. Then get the students to build windmills with Legos or make pinwheels with straws, paper, and brads.
Lesson Objectives: To learn about wind power, how windmills work, Cape Wind, etc., then to get the students to build windmills with LEGOs or make pinwheels with straws, paper, and brads.
Materials Needed: LEGOs or fan to act as wind (or you can breathe on them), wooden skewer, paper fastener (brad), construction paper, bendy straw
Preparation and Set Up: Use the overhead sheet to explain how wind power works. Then use the worksheet to get students to plan their windmill designs.
Procedure See attachment.
Extensions: If using Legos- the extension can be to make the windmill work with a motor. For classes using RCX or NXT, the windmill can have parameters for rpm.
Reference 1 http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/j.doc
Reference 2 http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/k.doc
Online Reference(s) http://www.ezonemag.net/wind/worksheets/make_a_wind_turbine.pdf - link to the activity/directions for making pinwheels

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