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What do you know about building a wind turbine?

This week a group of 60 Year 8 & 9 students found out that there are a number of factors that need to be considered when building a wind turbine.

They participated in a STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activity day with each team designing and building a model of a wind turbine. The day, sponsored by the National Grid, was run by Smallpeice Trust, an Engineering Educational Trust.

Students, working in small groups, designed and built their wind turbines from a selection of materials which they had to 'buy' from the store. They built a structure, mostly from rolled paper, to elevate the turbine blades and then had to find a way of fastening the turbine blades to their tower and linking it to a mini generator. The range of designs was amazing; some more successful than others as was proven at the end of the day when each group presented their design which was tested to see how much power it could generate in the 'wind' (office fan).

The students were organised into groups of students from Years 8 & 9, some of whom they didn't know well. They rose to the challenge to get to know the rest of their team, sharing their strengths and worked well together over the day. All students gained transferable skills that will support them as they move through the school and beyond. When all the factors were taken into consideration (teamwork over the day, aesthetics, stability of the structure, power generated, costs and marketing) Team 8 were the winners, only just beating the next two teams by half a point.

Some team comments:
'It was harder than it looked and we had to make a few adjustments to ours'
'Really enjoyed making it, sad it didn't work at the end'
'Ours was best! it made most electricity' - it did but this model cost more than double the others to construct!

Winners- Team 8: Imogen Hunt and Binderiya Batsaikhan - Year 9, Aleashia Clark, Jenna Petrie and Sophie Hall – Year 8

Mrs E Hounsell – 14-19 Pathway Manager

Posted: 2016-03-04 11:39:43
Last Edited: 2016-03-04 11:45:15