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Power of Wind Project

Learn about the wind and its uses. Work with members of a team to design, create, build, and test wind powered devices and explore wind as a potential energy source in the community. Start with pinwheels and work your way up to understanding turbines and power distribution across the country.

boy and girl connecting model wind turbine

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Wired for Wind

In October of 2011, millions of young people across the nation became scientists for the day when they took part in the fourth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) Experiment, Wired for Wind.

Wired for Wind youth scientists explored how to engineer renewable energy technologies, and the positive impact that they can have in communities across the country and the world. Developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension program, this experiment engages young people in design, build out and testing of two different wind turbine models. More info

Minnesota State Fair

4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. More than 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. More info.

Learning objectives

  • Identify the fundamental parts of a windmill, effect of design on performance, energy transfer from wind to usable mechanical energy.
  • Observe and record visible effects of the wind and use the Beaufort Scale to estimate wind speed.
  • Design and build a wind turbine that can lift a load and create electricity.
  • Investigate, engineer, and share a wind-powered machine, vehicle or sculpture.
  • Research and analyze data (maps, tables, and written information) to determine how topography and elevation affect wind speeds and identify optimal locations for wind farms based on wind speed.
  • Conduct a simple energy audit for the classroom and estimate what size wind turbine could power the classroom under local wind conditions.
  • Explore energy related careers.
  • Communicate influences of wind and wind machines on daily life using art and literature.
  • Identify environmental, economic, and social trade-offs of electrical power generation technologies.
  • Explore how media messages impact people’s perceptions of wind energy.

Resources

Project kits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional objectives and resources

Activity 3 - Blade design

Activity 4 - Wind turbines at work: Lifts, pumps & lights

Activity 5 - Wind turbines in our community

Contact

To get involved with the 4-H Power of Wind project, contact your county 4-H office.

Darcy Cole, dacole@umn.edu, 320-693-5275

All resources on this page have been reviewed by our faculty and included for their educational value. No endorsement is intended or implied. Minnesota 4-H does not profit from the inclusion of any commercial project resources.


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