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Date: Wind Turbine Design Project

Wind Turbine Design Project


Investigate: Describe the challenge, in your own words. List the design specifications that a good turbine design must meet. Explain how you will test whether or not the turbine meets design specifications. Research wind power & wind turbines to help you understand how best to design your turbine. Write 2 paragraphs sharing some of the key information you learned. Design & Plan: Complete a portfolio of two or more designs. Each design must include: A sketch of the blade shape, with measurements of key aspects (length, width, etc.) A sketch of the overall turbine design, with key details such as the number of blades, the angle they are at, etc. A description of your plan for building the turbine. What will you need to do? Who will do it? How? A description of any changes you made to the design when you started building it. Create: Build your first turbine, following your design & plan. Note any changes made to the design, along with why you made changes. Evaluate: Test your turbine in the wind tunnel. Record the electrical power it produced. Take notes describing the turbines performance (Did it wobble? Change direction? etc.) Write an evaluation of the design: o Did it meet the design specifications? Explain which ones it met and which it did not. Use your tests and observations as evidence. o What changes will you make in your next design? Why? After you have tested at least two designs, determine which design was best. Write a paragraph describing which was best, explaining how you know, and making further recommendations for improving the design. Complete the team & process evaluation. Challenge! For groups that want to go above & beyond: Write 1-2 paragraphs explaining the science behind your wind turbine. How does it transform energy from one form to another? Why does this design work well? Kelly Vaughan - TID26567 1

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Project Log:
What to do: Reflection:
o What did you get done? What didnt you get done? o What helped you accomplish your goals? What held you back?

Day 1: o Watch wind turbine design project video. o Summarize the challenge and describe the design specifications and tests. o Divide up the research materials. o Homework: Each team member should research and take notes on 1-2 of the wind resources, and be ready to share with the group. Day 2: o Share what you learned from your homework. o Discuss possible designs for turbines. o Divide the tasks for the period: o 1-2 team members should create the first turbine design using the ideas the team discussed o 1-2 team members should write about what was learned through the research. o Homework: Agree on a homework assignment for each team member. These could include finishing the design, finishing writing about the research, revising and editing the writing so far, doing additional research, etc. Day 3: o Review the first design as a group. Add anything thats missing (measurements, etc.). o Make (and write down) a plan for building the turbine from your first design. o Create the turbine. Take notes on any changes made to the design. o Test the turbine. Record the power produced, and write down observations about how it performs. o Homework: Agree on a homework assignment for each team member. These could include typing up the Kelly Vaughan - TID26567

evaluation of how the turbine performed, sketching ideas for improved turbine designs, revising and editing the writing so far, doing additional research, etc. Day 4: o Discuss changes to be made to your design. o Divide into two groups and create designs 2 and 3. Each design should test one improvement to the first design. o Review the two new designs. Add anything missing (measurements, etc.) o Make (and write out) plans for how to create each new turbine. o Make the turbines. Take notes about any changes you make to the designs as you build them. o Test them in the wind tunnel. Take notes on the power produced and your observations of their performance. o Homework: Agree on a homework assignment for each team member. These could include typing up the evaluation of how the turbines performed, sketching ideas for improved turbine designs, revising and editing the writing so far, doing additional research, etc. Day 5: o Last day to build & test! If you have not yet designed, built, and tested at least two turbines, make a plan for getting that done, and then do it. o If you have designed, built, and tested at least two turbines, look over the list of what must be included in your project report, and check off each part that is done. Decide how you want to spend your time today. Some groups might design, build, and test another turbine, while others might spend the day writing parts of their report. o Homework: Agree on a homework assignment for each team member. These could include typing up the evaluation of how the turbines Kelly Vaughan - TID26567 4

performed, revising and editing the writing so far, writing new sections of the report, etc. Day 6: o Last day to write your report and create your design portfolio! o Review the project report list on the first page of the packet. Check off the parts that are done. Divide up the work that still has to be done. o Finish writing the report. o Use the revising & editing checklist to improve the report. o Homework: Math & Science Night come share your turbine project with your family!

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