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Item #: PF2005 

Price: $50.00

Performance Assessment

In this lab experience, students are challenged to design a mini wind turbine and then investigate how their design affects power output. Students will discover that no single variable makes the difference in how much power the wind turbine can produce. All the different pieces must work together for the most efficient design. Blade material, angle, size, shape and placement are all important. By observing the designs of each group, students will see the best performing turbines had about eight midsize blades that tapered from top to bottom. They were inserted at an angle to the hub with only a little space at the bottom. Only the polystyrene sheet was ineffective as a blade material. The other materials worked well depending on shape and size.

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Safety: Before conducting the lab, review the safety precautions on the student page with the class. Then discuss any safety precautions that are specific to your science laboratory or classroom. Instruct students to practice caution while working with electronics.

Materials Included in Kit

Bamboo skewers, 100
Caps, 2
Cork, size 11, 30
DC Motor, 1.5 V, 2
Sandpaper, 9 in. × 11 in.
Cardboard sheets, 8.5 in. x 8.5 in., 8
Foam sheets, 8.5 in. x 8.5 in., 12
Manila folders, 4
Polystyrene sheet, 12 in. × 12 in., 4

Additional Materials Required
Bunsen Burner, Adjustable, Natural Gas, 2
Connector Cord, Alligator Clips, Both Ends, Red, 14", 2
Connector Cord, Alligator Clips, Both Ends, Black, 14", 2
Multimeter, Student, 2
Support Stand, Economy Choice, 2
Metric ruler or meter stick, 2
Scissors, 2
Tongs, 2