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March Winds

Martha McCormick - Sunday, March 20, 2016

What design is best for the blades on a wind turbine? What angle will catch the wind to produce the most energy? How are wind farms making Iowa a leader in renewable energy? Building mini-wind turbines, creating circuits, and observing energy transfers are just a few of the activities in Teachers Going Green’s newest Teaching Kit on wind energy! The kit includes everything you'll need to teach your kindergarteners to investigate Wind, the Invisible Force.

Through the Wind Energy Teaching Kit, students and educators will better understand and appreciate our state’s energy resources with hands-on lessons like “Energy Scavenger Hunt” and “Engineering Better Blades.” Lessons are connected to the Iowa Core, including the recently adopted Next Generation Science Standards. The Wind Energy Kit contains resources for 30 students to explore wind turbines, multimeters, sound and light boards, fans, children’s books.

Students enjoy "thinking like a scientist" while using the mini wind turbines. A kindergartener connected the learning to her prior experience: "I see wind turbines when I drive to my grandma's house. Now I know what they are for." A first grader designing new blades said, "I think these blades will be good because the shape will catch the wind." He then tested his design and refined it. Another group of students visited a wind turbine at a local community college and then compared it to the mini wind turbines they experimented with. Teachers  commented, "What a fun way to make it come alive for them! Thank you!"

Contact Shelly Johnson to reserve a kit.

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