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  • Wind Power

     Grades 6-7

     

    wind power
    Program Description
    In this hands-on 4-hour STEM based lesson, students will construct and test a simple wind powered electrical generator. Students will incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills as they and test rotor blades to design the best wind turbine, and compare their findings to observations of real wind turbines. Students will average data from each group, and discuss factors that may have caused differences in their data. Students will observe evidence and try to explain the production of electric current by moving magnetic fields and the production of magnetic forces by electric current. Students must bring a cold lunch that can be consumed in 20 minutes.

    Resources

    Pre-Visit Materials
    Lesson Plan
    Post Visit Materials

    Next Generation Science Standards

    Performance Expectation 

    MS-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

    MS-PS2-5 Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.


    Science and Engineering Practices

    Analyzing and Interpreting Data
    Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
    Engage in Argument from Evidence

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution
    PS2.B: Types of Interactions

     Cross Cutting Concepts

    Cause and Effect
    Systems and System Models
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    Connections to Nature of Science
    Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World

     Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MD-CCRS)
    ELA/Literacy
    RST.6-8.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
    RST 6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
     
    Mathematics
    MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.