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  • Hillside Middle School
  • Manchester, NH
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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Students will plan and build wind turbine blades that can generate measurable power using a three-speed fan, generator, hub, dowels, pvc materials, paper and multimeter (for data collection). An engrossing challenge is that initially some wind turbines may be sluggish or not turn at all. The students will see immediately if their wind turbines are successful by observing the rotations per minute. Once the students have working wind turbines, they will measure both voltage and current using the multimeters. They will use this data to calculate power. A huge component of the eighth grade curriculum is graphing and equations of lines. The students will graph specific raw data, as determined by the instructor, calculate slope and write the equation of the line. Students will have opportunities to examine their data, redesign and retest their wind turbines. A natural extension for this activity is to have the wind turbine support a load, such as an LED light.

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Students will plan and build wind turbine blades that can generate measurable power using a three-speed fan, generator, hub, dowels, pvc materials, paper and multimeter (for data collection). An engrossing challenge is that initially some wind turbines may be sluggish or not turn at all. The students will see immediately if their wind turbines are successful by observing the rotations per minute. Once the students have working wind turbines, they will measure both voltage and current using the multimeters. They will use this data to calculate power. A huge component of the eighth grade curriculum is graphing and equations of lines. The students will graph specific raw data, as determined by the instructor, calculate slope and write the equation of the line. Students will have opportunities to examine their data, redesign and retest their wind turbines. A natural extension for this activity is to have the wind turbine support a load, such as an LED light.

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