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Renewable Energy (Wind Power)

All Ages

Climate & Environment

Science

Technology

Have you ever wondered how wind farms and wind turbines work? In this lesson we learn about the physics behind wind farms and how to calculate output.

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avatar Submitted By: Tristan Wills

May 14, 2020

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Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

Supporting Files

Minecraft World


Minecraft world required for lesson.

Renewable Energy Answer Sheet


Answer sheet required for students.

Students Instructions (Task Card)


Instructions for students.

Learning Objectives

  • Students gain an understanding of wind farms and wind turbines.
  • Students learn how to calculate output values of wind farms and wind turbines.
  • Students will also learn about power, SI units and real life examples of how wind farms could be used.

Guiding Ideas

Start out with a video of wind farms to start the class discussion.

  • Ask students why they think wind farms are valuable in our society.
  • Ask students how many houses do you think wind farms power every year (rough estimate in their country).
  • Ask students how do they think power is calculated for wind turbines.
  • Ask students if wind farms are a viable alternative to nonrenewable power sources.

Student Activities

Students are going to do the following:

  • As soon as students spawn in they must head to the nearest building on their left side.
  • Follow the signs to upstairs.
  • In the upstairs part of the building there are boards that contain theory, calculations and real life examples relating to wind turbines and wind farms.
  • Students are spawned in with Book & quill (in their hotbar) that contains questions that must be answered using the answer sheet provided.
  • After students have answered the questions, they must complete a wind turbine of their own.

Performance Expectations

  • Students will gain an understanding of what capacity means for wind turbines.
  • Students will understand what MW means and KW/h.
  • Students should walk away knowing how to calculate output of a wind turbine using the wind turbines capacity.
  • Students should understand how wind farms impact the real world.
  • Students should be able to answer the question "Are wind farms a viable renewable energy alternative?"

Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Supporting Files

Minecraft World


Minecraft world required for lesson.

Renewable Energy Answer Sheet


Answer sheet required for students.

Students Instructions (Task Card)


Instructions for students.