Outreach Workshop: Wind Energy
Discover how wind can be harnessed to make electricity and build a working wind turbine! In this workshop students will build a desktop wind turbine and will experiment with blade design and other variables to find the most efficient design for a wind power generator. Topics covered include potential and kinetic energy, electrical energy and energy transformation.
Fees are determined by distance from the Museum:
- Within 25 miles: $340
- 26-50 miles: $370
- 51+ miles: $370 + $.54 per mile
- Each additional hour: $125
Michigan Science Standards
- MS-PS3-5 – Energy: Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.
This project was funded with support from the U.S. Department of Energy and in partnership with the City of Ann Arbor Energy Office.
Post-visit activities provide your students with an opportunity to review workshop-presented concepts and introduce related subjects. Below you will find a classroom extension activity and a list of suggested resources for further exploration. We hope that you enjoyed our Outreach Hands-On Workshop and we look forward to visiting your students again!
Renewable Energy: Wind! Post Workshop Activity Workbook
How fast is the wind in the morning? How fast is the wind at night? Is the wind faster at my house than at my friend’s house? Download the Anemometer activity to do with your class and find out the answers. Each student will make their own anemometer and get to test it out at home.
For 5th and 6th grade classes, download the 5th-6th grade activity. For 7th and 8th grade classes, download the 7th-8th grade activity. After collecting data from their anemometers, students will complete a math and graphing activity that they can share with the class.