Wind energy lesson plan
The NZWEA has developed a science, social sciences and technology unit exploring the way wind energy is generated, its benefits and environmental impacts. It also gives insight into why societies must make good decisions about using natural resources.
The unit comes complete with a student factsheet for research and/or shared reading and discussion activities.
Lesson plan (PDF, 215kB)
Wind Energy Student Factsheet (PDF, 192kB)
If you want to learn even more, take a look at NZWEA's factsheets. In these factsheets you can find answers to questions such as: Are wind turbines noisy? Do they frighten animals? How much electricity do they generate? What happens when the wind stops blowing? and much more ....
In Vestas World you can meet and interact with virtual characters to find out about the history of wind energy, and how wind energy is created and delivered to homes.
If you want more advanced information, take the Danish Wind Industry Association’s Guided Tour, written for people who want to know a lot about wind energy, short of becoming wind engineers. The twelve chapters answer most of the questions which students ask us - without requiring you already have a degree in advanced maths and physics. Starting from the basics about wind, the guided tour takes you to the challenging frontiers of wind energy technology as it relates to commercial, large, grid-connected wind turbines.
How is energy generated? How much does it cost? How does it affect the environment? These are extremely important topics today, and are no longer just the domain of engineers and industry experts. ElectroCity, created by Genesis Energy, is an online computer game that lets players manage their own virtual towns and cities. It’s great fun to play and also teaches players all about energy, sustainability and environmental management in New Zealand.
The US-based Kid Wind Project explores the science behind wind energy. This site has educational materials, workshops, suggested activities and numerous links. They are also hosting a competition for children around the world to build the best wind turbine.
Visit a wind farm
Wind farm operators may arrange site visits for school groups. To request such a visit, please contact the NZWEA.
If you’d like to experience a wind farm, but your school is too far away, why not take a virtual wind power tour with LEARNZ? LEARNZ is a programme of virtual field trips taking students to remote places all over New Zealand, Antarctica and beyond. It is free for teachers registered with the New Zealand Teachers Council who teach at state, integrated or registered private schools.