Wind Wheel by neongreen

After a break for half term we are back with another new feature object. This week, we are featuring this simple wind wheel shared on YouMagine by neongreen

This object lends itself well to many of the activities including Describe It, Describe and Draw It and Imagine It activities. It provides a perfect stimulous for a project on Wind Power. Students can start with the Research It activity to find out about renewable energy sources and wind power, or investigate how wind turbines work to generate electricity. Following this students can move on to the Explain It or the Present It activity.

The object is a great launchpad for practical science investigations around forces and energy. Students can download the .STL file and import it into a 3D CAD program to edit the size and shape of the blades. The customised turbines can be 3D printed and tested to investigate how the length, shape and blade angle affect the operation of the wheel and to see which designs are the most efficient.

Practical Action have developed a brilliant fully resourced Wind Power STEM challenge, the Wind Wheel provides a perfect starting point for groups of pupils working on the challenge.

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Suggested Activities

The wind wheel works well as an object to use with the following Object of the Week activities:

  • Describe It
  • Describe & Draw It
  • Imagine It
  • Research It
  • Explain It
  • Present It

Download the Object of the Week Teacher Guide and accompanying resources to find out more.

About Object of the Week

“Object of the Week” is a fully resourced open-ended classroom project developed by the Create Education Project to provide regular opportunities throughout the year for students to explore the world of 3D printing.

A series of stand-alone classroom activities have been developed to support the project. The activities allow students to:

  • use their imagination
  • develop speaking and listening skills
  • develop descriptive and creative writing skills
  • be creative
  • develop research, evaluation and presentation skills
  • explore future careers
  • learn how real life problems are solved
  • develop their own solutions

The open-ended activities are designed to be cross-curricular, for use across of range of ages/levels and weekly objects are selected to cover a range of applications and subject areas. Some objects may provide a platform for introducing or expanding on a specific topic area or as a springboard to a class project. Ideas for taking it further will be provided where applicable.

Resources include a comprehensive Teacher Guide which provides an overview of each activity and suggestions for how to deliver the activity in class. PowerPoint Interactive Classroom Activity Slides and a set of Student Worksheets are also available to support the activities. These resources can be downloaded by clicking the links in the right column.

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