Wind Energy
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Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level


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Primary School - Grades K-3
P=Project   E=Experiment
Which type of blade will generate the most electricity? [P]
Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
The effect of blade angle & size on wind turbine performance [P]
Blade Variable (number of blades, length, size and area of the blades, degree of pitch) Effects on Windmill Efficiency? [E] [P] [P] [P] [P]
The effect of design, number and size of rotors and blades of a windmill's electrical energy output [E] [E] [P] [P] [P] [P] [P] [P] [P] [P] [P]
Which Angle of Pitch will Produce the Greatest Amount of Electricity? [P]
Efects of the Number and Size of Blades of a Wind Turbine on Electrical Output [E] [P]
What Is The Effect of Blade Size (Length, Area) on Electrical Output of a Windmill? [E] [P]
How much wind velocity do we need to generate power (light a LED)? [P]
Built a wind-powered spinning teeter-totter. [P]
Determine which pinwheel configurations are most sensitive to a wind source. [E]
Information about wind energy [P] [P]
Build and demonstrate your own windmill & picoturbine. [E] [E]
Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Can a Whale Help Us Design Better Wind Turbines? [E]
A novel small-scale generator which extracts energy from flowing air [E]
Comparing the Efficiency of different Wind Turbine Blades [P]
An Improvement on the VAWT Wind Turbine: A movable flap which sits on the top of the standard Savonius blade [E]
Determine if multiple rotors will increase the electrical energy output of a horizontal axis windmill. [P]
Determine if multiple rotors will increase the torque of a horizontal axis windmill. [P]
Determine if teardrop shaped fairings added to a wind turbine will provide more power output as measured in watts. [E]
The Effect of Various Wind Speeds and Blade Factors on Energy / Voltage Output [E] [P]
The Effect of Blade Separation and Wind Speed on a Savonius Rotor Windmill [E] [P]
Determine how much power a pinwheel generates at different orientations to a wind source. [E]
Can a windbelt generate enough wave energy to oscillate a magnet and coil induction circuit to power a 1.5 volt lamp? [E]
Determine the effect of the number of blades, pitch and the design of the blades on the electricity produced by a Darrieus-type vertical axis wind turbine at low, medium and high wind speeds. [P] [P]

Measure the current output of a small windmill generator and relate the power to the rate of rotation of the windmill's rotor. [E]
The Efficiency of Different Savonius Wind Turbines [E]
Build a Savonius Wind Turbine from Waste Materials and Compare it to Regular Savonius Turbines [P]
Can wind generated from highway traffic be captured to produce a useable source of energy? [E]
Which is more efficient: a Horizontal Axis wind turbines or a Vertical Axis one? [E] [E]
Compare the maximum power generated from various rotor configurations calculated using Betz's Law. [E] [E] [E]
Determine if San Carlos has enough wind speed to support wind powered generators. [E] [P]
Test whether wind turbines should be placed in laminar or turbulent flows in order to perform better. [E]
Construct a windmill with two sets of rotors and motors and prove that it could generate more electricity than a windmill with only one set of rotor and motor. [E]
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Describe alternative energy sources and outline advantages and disadvantages of any source. [E] [E] [P]
Increase wind velocity by creating a hole in an airfoil [P]
At what time of day is there enough wind to make electricity where you live? (look at the bottom of the page) [E]
Will forcing air (wind) through a smaller space, through an hour-glass shaped cover around the turbine, more power would be generated at the same wind speed. [E]
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