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.
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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
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.
- Power of the Wind Youth Guide (40 pages, $5.50) (Find this in the 4-H Mall)
- Power of the Wind Set of 2 (youth guide & facilitator's guide, 40 pages each, $9.65) (Find this in the 4-H Mall)
- Kid Wind project
- WindWise Education
- National Energy Education Development project
- Thames & Kosmos Wind Power 2.0 kit (Available from Amazon.com.)
- Thames & Kosmos Alternative Energy and Environmental Science Wind Power kit (Available from Amazon.com.)
Other online resources
- Power of the Wind Facilitator's Guide ($5.50 (40 pages) (Find this in the 4-H Mall)
- Facilitators' Guide to Materials (431K PDF)
- The Engineering Process and Safety: Managing Turbine Materials and Youth (Video)
- KidWind Turbine Assembly (Video)
- Conducting Investigations: The Inquiry Process (Video)
- Environmental Science Career Guide (2.7 MB PDF)
Activity 1 - Electricity basics
- Activity 1 Guide (418K PDF)
- Activity 1 Parent Letter (435K PDF)
- Activity 1 Handouts (457K PDF)
- Activity 1 Process of Inquiry (173K PDF)
- Electricity Basics (Video)
Activity 2 - Motors, generators & capacitors
Activity 3 - Blade design
- Activity 3 Guide (555K PDF)
- Activity 3 Parent Letter (466K PDF)
- Activity 3 Handouts (79K PDF)
- Activity 3 Process of Inquiry (173K PDF)
- Blade Design (Video)
Activity 4 - Wind turbines at work: Lifts, pumps & lights
- Activity 4 Guide (549K PDF)
- Activity 4 Parent Letter (561K PDF)
- Activity 4 Handouts (79K PDF)
- Activity 4 Process of Inquiry (173K PDF)
- Wind Turbines at Work: Pumps, Lifts & Lights (Video)
Activity 5 - Wind turbines in our community
To get involved with the 4-H Power of Wind project, contact your county 4-H office.
Darcy Cole, firstname.lastname@example.org, 320-693-5275
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