Wind Turbines — Engineering the Future — Overview

Alternative energy topics are both popular and relatable with children. This versatile engineering module — containing both electrical and mechanical variants — focuses on wind turbine blade development, which provides an excellent platform for teaching concepts of experimental design. Subtle changes in blade configuration often yield dramatic results that excite the youngsters and encourage them to investigate further.

Hooke’s Law — It’s No Stretch!

Many balances familiar to students, such as bathroom or grocery store scales are examples of spring balances. Hooke’s Law defines the relationship between the force applied to a spring or other elastic material to the distance it stretches or compresses. In this module, students will set up and conduct experiments to test the validity of the relationship.