Wind Power Workshop + Physics

Students will study the basic designs and shapes of wind turbines throughout the world. Students will discover the power equation and relate it to the potential wind farm development in Botetourt County. Next, the class will discuss the efficiency of the wind turbines using Betz Law and the Botetourt County example. The class will spilt into groups and construct a group wind turbine from PVC piping. Groups will compete to see which groups’ design generates the most power using a multimeter.

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and High School.

Science SOLs: PH.2, PH.4, PH.5, PH.6, PH.7, PH.11

Concepts and Vocabulary Introduced

Turbine, Multimeter, Drag, Volts, Watts, Betz Law, Watts, Velocity, Kinetic Energy, Mechanical Energy, Electrical Energy

Duration: 45 - 60 minutes

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