Wind Turbine STEM Project Adapted for Distance DV

Joy adapted her hands-on wind turbine STEM project to Distance DV by having students use materials that they could find at home to construct pinwheels for the experiments. Students worked on a virtual team and designed and built a prototype, tested, measured, made changes, and budgeted a turbine that could withstand wind while winding a string to lift a cup with as many pennies as possible. The least expensive design that lifted the most weight was the most efficient. Once the teams select their best design, they created and present a proposal to explain why their design was the best, why the school should use wind-generated electricity, where the turbines should be placed, and outlined the cost. Here are some examples of their thoughtful work.

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