Wind Energy

Wind Energy Kit setup

Wind Energy Kit setup

Students

  • discuss the issues of global warming and climate change;
  • classify energy resources as renewable or non-renewable
  • complete a research project into an energy resource
  • carry out inquiry-based investigations on factors affecting the output of a wind turbine
  • angle of the blades
  • number of blades
  • length of the blades
  • complete critical thinking exercises on wind farm issues
  • investigate careers and associated study pathways in the renewable energy industry

This module uses the Wind Energy equipment pack.

Maps to year 6 Physical sciences

Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity

Elaborations

  • investigating how moving air and water can turn turbines to generate electricity
  • investigating the use of solar panels
  • considering whether an energy source is sustainable

Maps to year 7 Earth and space sciences

Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable

Elaborations

  • considering what is meant by the term ‘renewable’ in relation to the Earth’s resources
  • considering timescales for regeneration of resources
  • comparing renewable and non-renewable energy sources, including how they are used in a range of situations

Maps to year 8 Physical sciences

Energy appears in different forms including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and causes change within systems

Elaborations

  • recognising that kinetic energy is the energy possessed by moving bodies
  • recognising that potential energy is stored energy, such as gravitational, chemical and elastic energy
  • using flow diagrams to illustrate changes between different forms of energy