WindWise 2nd Edition
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Unit 1. Energy Creation and Choices
Understanding Sources and Forms of Electricity
Students learn the difference between forms and sources of energy and that energy is useful to us because of its ability to change form.Subjects: Physical Science, MathematicsListed in: energy conversion
Understanding Electric Power Generation
Students learn about the environmental, economic and social trade-offs of electrical power generation technologies.Subjects: Physical Science, MathematicsListed in: energy conversion
What is the Cost of Inefficiency?
Students learn about work, energy and power and that using electrical appliances and devices has economic and environmental costs.Subjects: Physical Science, Technology, Mathematics, Environmental ScienceListed in: efficiency
Where is it Windy?
Students learn how topography and elevation affect wind speeds and will identify optimal locations for wind farms based on wind speed.Subject: Earth ScienceListed in: meteorology
What Are Wind Shear and Turbulence?
This activity helps students understand the concepts of wind turbulence and wind shear—or the smoothness and speed of the wind at different altitudes above the ground.Subject: Earth Science, Social StudiesListed in: meteorology
Can Wind Power Your Classroom?
Students conduct a simple energy audit for the classroom and estimate what size wind turbine could power their classroom under local wind conditions.Subjects: Physical Science, Technology, Engineering, MathematicsListed in: efficiency
Unit 3. Experiments With Turbines
How Does a Windmill Work?
Students learn the fundamental parts of a windmill, how different rotor designs affect performance, and how energy is transferred from wind into usable mechanical energy.Subjects: Physical Science, Technology, EngineeringListed in: simple machines
How Does a Generator Work?
Students learn how electricity is generated and how design variables affect electricity production.Subjects: Technology, Engineering, Physical ScienceListed in: simple machines, energy conversion
Which Blades are Best?
Students learn through experimentation how different blade designs are more efficient at harnessing the energy of the wind.Subjects: Physics, Technology, Engineering, MathematicsListed in: blades, energy conversion
How Can I Design Better Blades?
Students learn how to design and construct different turbine blades to maximize the power output of a wind turbine.Subjects: Physical Science, Technology, Engineering, MathematicsListed in: blades
Unit 4. Wind Energy and Wildlife
How Does Energy Affect Wildlife?
Students learn that different electricity generation sources have very different effects on wildlife.Subjects: Living Environments, Earth Science, Environmental ScienceListed in: birds, bats
What is Wind's Risk to Birds?
Learn how bird behavior and ecology are related to avian impacts from wind turbines and how scientists study these impacts.Subjects: Technology, Mathematics, Living EnvironmentsListed in: birds
Can We Reduce Risk to Bats?
Students analyze bat behaviors and propose a wind farm operational plan that could reduce the risk of bat mortality.Subjects: Living Environments, TechnologyListed in: bats