Wind Energy: Exploring Wind Farms with Google Earth
Activity takes about 1-2 class periods. Google Earth software (free download) is required.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
See how this Activity supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 4 Cross Cutting Concepts, 8 Science and Engineering Practices
High School: 1 Performance Expectation, 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 7 Cross Cutting Concepts, 7 Science and Engineering Practices
(middle school implementation requires a lot of scaffolding)
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- Depending educator's level of comfort with integrating technology into the curriculum, this introductory level activity using Google Earth would be a good one. This lesson, combined with others, could supplement existing content or with the other lessons in this curricula http://www.ei.lehigh.edu/eli/energy/index.html be combined for a more robust content coverage.
- Less tech-savvy students may need assistance following the steps to utilize the Google Earth files.
About the Science
- From a sample of seven large wind farms scattered over the globe, students measure the size of each farm and compile data on average wind speed, topography, and land cover for each to compare the potential wind resource capacity of each farm.
- Comments from expert scientist: Good teaching material; well presented and accessible.
About the Pedagogy
- Teaching strategy includes support for working with students and Google Earth program.
- Curiosity about Google Earth will be a motivating factor for students in this lesson.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.