Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Wind Energy

Scout's final project for school this year was a wind turbine - we have a lot of wind here... ...First they did lots of research and a drawing... ...His awesome Science teacher got these kit's for the kids to build their wind turbines... This is the entire group with their turbines... ...Scout's class...
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11 comments:

  1. This is wonderful!
    I just shared this with my son, he is very interested in wind and sun energy as well as drafting and constructing projects like this. I would love to hear more!

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  2. I know he had fun doing that. It's right up his alley. MOM

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  3. What a cool project!

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  4. Children just love this kind of project, it is great to see them having such fun - and learning!

    The French have embraced the wind turbine. Last year we went to the Loire and along most of the motorway there were wind turbines.

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  5. That is great that they are teaching alternative energy!!

    www.thisadventureourlife.com

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  6. Wow - I either want to go back to school or become a science teacher. Gonna probably be mocked either way...

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  7. Awesome project! I'm so glad they got to build their own turbines too.

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  8. Cool project!

    My daughter has been making paper planes for school and with out help from me her plane flew the furthest in her class.

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  9. I hope your child's teacher also taught the kids about the negative environmental impacts of industrial wind turbines. Some of these impacts are that they produce extremely annoying impulsive noise and vibrations, which can seriously disrupt the sleep and lives of anyone living within a mile or so of the turbine site (depending on local conditions); they kill numerous birds and bats (some of which are already endangered), disturb other nearby wildlife; and they require large amounts of cement, etc, to build and often don't produce much energy because the wind is insufficient. Wind turbines may work well in some places, but as parents, we need to make sure our kids consider the pros and cons of any development, including wind turbines.

    My comments mainly pertain to industrial-sized wind turbines. Smaller, personal wind turbines are probably less harmful to the surrounding environment, but always, we need to be informed, do our own research, and not just accept the wind industry's claims that turbines will "save the day".

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  10. Hi Nell,

    I asked Scout if his teacher mentioned any negative environmental impact and he said that she did...in some areas the 'wind farms' are quite controversial...

    Affectioknitly,

    Teresa

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  11. Mr. M's parents live down the road from the largest "wind farm" in Michigan. They make these amazing, almost eerie noises when they run. Has Scout gotten to see any of the larget scale ones in person yet?

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