Energy Resources: Wind

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
9 10 11 12
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Summary:We are all familiar with the feeling of wind blowing. The air around us is constantly in motion, and though invisible, contains a stream of moving particles that flows and mixes above the Earth's surface. Scientists and engineers face great challenges in harnessing the wind for power. Air is a fluid and can move easily from place to place. Air tends to move from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure. We call the movement of air wind. The greater the differences in air pressure between two points, the stronger the wind that blows between them. Wind contains kinetic energy (energy of motion) that can be used to generate electricity. Today, wind power is being used on a large scale to produce electricity for communities as well as on a smaller scale in households. The most common method for creating electricity from wind is through a wind turbine. Four activities on air effects and wind energy are also listed on this site.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS3-1; HS-ESS3-4
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Stability and change
Subjects: air; energy; renewable energy; weather
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