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Energy 101: Wind Turbines

U.S. Department of Energy/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

This video provides a simple introduction to wind turbines and how they generate electricity.

Video length: 2:16 min.

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Middle School: 2 Cross Cutting Concepts
High School: 9 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 2 Cross Cutting Concepts

Energy Literacy

Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors.
Other materials addressing:
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.

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Teaching Tips

  • Can be used in conjunction with this Teachers' Domain activity from the CLEAN collection: As the Rotor Turns.
  • About the Science

    • While this video covers the basics of wind energy technology, there is no discussion of social, environmental, and economic impacts of wind turbines.
    • Comments from expert scientist: The resource is simplistic, and its okay as an introduction.

    About the Pedagogy

    • This video can be used to complement other wind and renewable energy activities.

    Technical Details/Ease of Use

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    Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

    Middle School

    Cross Cutting Concepts: 2

    Energy and Matter

    MS-C5.3:Energy may take different forms (e.g. energy in fields, thermal energy, energy of motion).

    MS-C5.4:The transfer of energy can be tracked as energy flows through a designed or natural system.

    High School

    Disciplinary Core Ideas: 9

    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.

    HS-ETS1.A1:Criteria and constraints also include satisfying any requirements set by society, such as taking issues of risk mitigation into account, and they should be quantified to the extent possible and stated in such a way that one can tell if a given design meets them.

    HS-ETS1.A2:Humanity faces major global challenges today, such as the need for supplies of clean water and food or for energy sources that minimize pollution, which can be addressed through engineering. These global challenges also may have manifestations in local communities

    HS-ETS1.B1:When evaluating solutions, it is important to take into account a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, and to consider social, cultural, and environmental impacts.

    HS-PS3.A2:At the macroscopic scale, energy manifests itself in multiple ways, such as in motion, sound, light, and thermal energy.

    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.

    Cross Cutting Concepts: 2

    Energy and Matter

    HS-C5.2:Changes of energy and matter in a system can be described in terms of energy and matter flows into, out of, and within that system.

    HS-C5.3:Energy cannot be created or destroyed—only moves between one place and another place, between objects and/or fields, or between systems.

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