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High School: 6 Disciplinary Core Ideas
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
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- A professionally-produced overview of wind energy and related research at the NREL National Wind Technology Center near Boulder, Colorado.
- Link for video includes a printable transcript of the video for students to follow.
- Students could create a flow chart that illustrates how wind energy is converted into useable energy.
- Suggested that teachers discuss local and regional wind patterns, why wind generators are located where they are.
About the Science
- Presents the science, technological challenges, and the social and funding issues involved with developing wind technology.
- Includes some basics on wind energy, wind dynamics, and how wind turbines work.
- Comments from expert scientist: This material provides the basics of wind energy in an accessible fashion. Links are provided to find more detailed scientific information including wind resource maps and the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) statistics on wind production. My main concern is that this discussion is limited and slightly out-of-date. The text presents a height for wind turbines (100 feet or 30m above the surface) that is much lower than modern multi-MW wind turbines. The material is technically correct but gives the impression that turbines are shorter than they actually are. Modern turbines have hub heights of 80-100 m.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 6
HS-PS3.B1:Conservation of energy means that the total change of energy in any system is always equal to the total energy transferred into or out of the system.
HS-PS3.B2:Energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can be transported from one place to another and transferred between systems
HS-PS3.B4:The availability of energy limits what can occur in any system.
HS-PS3.D1:Although energy cannot be destroyed, it can be converted to less useful forms—for example, to thermal energy in the surrounding environment.
HS-ESS3.A1:Resource availability has guided the development of human society.
HS-ESS3.A2:All forms of energy production and other resource extraction have associated economic, social, environmental, and geopolitical costs and risks as well as benefits. New technologies and social regulations can change the balance of these factors.