Breezy Power: From Wind to Energy by: Bob Claymier

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This lesson combines the science concepts of renewable energy and producing electricity with the technology concepts of design, constraints, and technology’s impact on the environment. Over five class periods, sixth-grade students "work" for a fictitious power company as they research wind as an alternative energy source and design and test a working model of a wind turbine, learning about energy and technology in the process.

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  • on Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:59 PM

I chose this article because I wanted to learn more about wind energy and how to incorporate it into a classroom. I learned some fun new ideas on how to teach wind energy in a classroom. I would use TEKS 4.7c its all about renewable energy. I think that a teacher could defiantly use this lesson and mix in any subject, so I would change the lesson around little to maybe include math and history.

Macy Ann  (Houston, TX)
Macy Ann (Houston, TX)

  • on Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:38 PM

This was a great article that provides many helpful tips for classroom activities and ideas. Claymier introduces activities that would be great in order to help students to make connections between magnetism and electricity. This would come in handy for my third grade lessons on wind in order to take the lesson a little further than just wind. The activities in this article would be great to help students to expand their knowledge further than just wind. This lesson incorporates magnets, generators and electricity in addition to wind. This would also be a great transitional lesson into alternative energy sources that could also incorporate real world examples and conversations.

Maddie Anderson  (Minneapolis, MN)
Maddie Anderson (Minneapolis, MN)

  • on Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:03 AM

Students were challenged to build a wind turbine that could generate the most energy. Students engaged in activities that developed their understanding of the concepts involved in energy generation. They learned about magnets, magnetic fields, motors and then to generators. From there they researched wind energy and with the help of a KINEX kit, created a wind turbine which they used to measure voltage output of their model. This is a great way to introduce students to alternative sources of energy generation.

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

  • on Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:04 PM

Claymeir provides a series of activities that allow students to understand the connection between magnetism, electricity, and generators. Students are then challenged to apply what they know to use wind energy to produce an electric current. Students used K’nex to create turbines and test their models. A strength of this article are the pictures that make it easier to replicate the investigation. The NSTA connections, (Breezy Power Information Packet), and the project rubric at Provide all of the resources and support material for student success. These materials are easily adaptable for all middle school students.

Sandra Gady  (Renton, WA)
Sandra Gady (Renton, WA)

  • on Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:56 PM

This is a great idea and is authentic and hands-on. But, it's hard to believe their students went from magnets to electricity to motors to wind turbines (in a fairly in-depth manner) in only 5 hour-long class periods. These sorts of projects take much longer for my students to do, so readers beware. Having said that, it would be well worth the time, even if it were to more than 5 days, to explore these important, authentic, and relevant concepts! The supplementary material is really good, so don't forget to click on the link to get there!

Wendy  (Pocatello, ID)
Wendy (Pocatello, ID)

  • on Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:39 PM

The article describes a lesson in which students research wind power. Students also complete scaffolding activities that help them understand the science behind how wind power is generated. The article is fairly succinct and provides tips for classroom use.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)

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