Increasing Power Through Design Students build a windmill and a wind turbine and measure its capacity to lift weight. Then they engage in a blade design challenge to achieve maximum power output. The results are visualized and analyzed in Excel.

Increasing Power Through Design

Students build a windmill and a wind turbine and measure its capacity to lift weight. Then they engage in a blade design challenge to achieve maximum power output. The results are visualized and analyzed in Excel.

Lesson Basics

Takes 1 to 2 weeks of classroom time

Costs approximately $2.00 to 5.00 USD per student, excluding tools and microcontroller

Meets middle school science, technology, engineering and math standards (STEM)

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What you'll need

Instructions


A step-by-step guide for building the Windmill and Wind Turbine. Includes templates, a list of things you need and detailed instructions.


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Customized Excel Workbook


A customized Excel workbook visualizes the power generated by the windmill and wind turbine Requires the Data Streamer add-in listed below.


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Materials List


A spreadsheet with links to online resources to help you bring these projects to your classroom.


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Code for the Project


Pre-built code for your microcontroller to help you and your students visualize live data.


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Technical requirements

Data Streamer Add-in

Modernize your existing copy of Microsoft Excel with this free add-in to support real-time data streaming from your projects.

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Microsoft Excel 2016 (Desktop)

Students and teachers are eligible for free Office 365 Education, which includes online Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

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Arduino IDE

The free Integrated Development Environment enables you to write code that connects your project to an Arduino microcontroller.

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Windows 10

This project requires a PC running Windows 10. To update your version of Windows, click here.

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