Science Shorts: Wind at Work by: Barbara Adams

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Many children enjoy evaluating products and designing improvements. Activities that promote investigation and product design lend themselves to assessments that demonstrate communication skills, focus on reasoning ability, and illustrate levels of conceptual understanding. In the following lesson, Wind at Work, students explore concepts of energy transfer, conduct simple investigations, plan design modifications, and communicate results.

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  • on Fri May 11, 2012 10:21 AM

The activity described in this article is a design challenge which would be a great engineering opportunity for a STEM group. The author describes it as understanding variables but it can be so much more. Students build and test a prototype model of a wind turbine and then design a ‘better’ one. The evaluation is a discussion about the revisions students made to the prototype. This is a very good way to introduce variables and to introduce the design element as well.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:01 PM

This article presents an easy to implement design challenge on wind energy and how it can be used. Students do an initial guided experiment and are then encouraged to design more efficient variations. This activity easily would address the new engineering/ applied science core standards and could be adapted for elementary or middle school.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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