Investigating Renewable Energy
Energy ecoSTEM Kit Materials Used: Sky-Z Wind Turbines, Solar Cells, and Multimeters
ENGAGE - Students Observe This Phenomenon
EXPLORE a Kit-Supported Learning Experience
Students will design and build functional devices that are powered by renewable energy sources and measure output with multimeters. Then change a variable (such as blade shape, length, angle or number on a windmill; or angle on a solar cell) and use common household supplies (such as manila folders) to build a more effective model that increases output.
Students should be able to explain that most power is generated by burning fossil fuels and creating steam to spin a turbine, which generates electricity. Solar power or photovoltaic energy is an exception, but most forms of renewable energy and nuclear power are all – at heart – just different ways to boil water to make steam to turn a turbine.
Students may use the Sky-Z wind turbine kits to design and test blades of different sizes, shapes and numbers. Manila folders make good materials for crafting blades.
Students may propose a schoolwide project to mitigate the impact of fossil fuel use or encourage use of renewable energy.