Wind Energy

Stem School

Freshmen STEM students learned about data analysis through a design challenge on wind energy.  

After an overview on renewable vs. nonrenewable resources, students zeroed in on wind energy. Exploration of different wind turbines and how they worked helped students start to generate ideas. They tested variations on blade designs (number, pitch, surface area), and then compiled their data with 40+ other groups. Sorting, graphing, and analysis of the data informed students as they designed their wind turbine. 

Students planned their blade design using SolidWorks. The laser cutter was then employed to ensure precision with cutting. The nacelle and tower were also designed and created by the students to minimize vibration and maximize performance. Using a motor hooked up to a voltmeter, performance was assessed at varying wind speeds.