Wind Generator

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
3 4
Organization:Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Summary:Windmills have been used for hundreds of years to collect energy from the wind. They have been used to pump water, to grind grain, and -, more recently -, to generate electricity. In some modern wind generators, the blades are very thin. But there are many possible designs, and engineers are always trying new ones. In this activity you will design and test your own wind generator, which will run a small electric motor.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 7
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A; PS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:4-ESS3-1; 4-PS3-2; 4-PS3-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation
Subjects: atmosphere; elementary school; energy; energy resources; engineering; k-5 geosource; stem; technology; wind power
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