Wind Turbines

For The Students

    The instructions in a module will help students:

  • Investigate the advantages and disadvantages
          of "dirty" and "clean" energies
  • Design and test their own solar and wind turbine
          power systems
  • Develope predictions about theperformance
          of their generators
  • Understand simplified fluid dynamics, light
          energy, and efficiency
  • Study gearing and transmission efficiency by
          building their own fuel cell-powered model car
  • Appreciate clean energy systems
  • Know the causes and effects of climate change
 Two students showing the wind turbine they made

For The Educators

    The module instructions will help you connect new STEM content by being able to:

  • Teach clean energy in wind, solar, and fuel cell
          technologyeffectively
  • Give students an opportunity to learn rarely-
          taught engineering topics
  • Educate students about optimization,
          environmental andmaterial cost analysis,
          efficiency, and testing
  • Show dissonance between theoretical and
          actual outcomes
Student made fuel cell car
Copyright ©, 2011 Michael A. de Miranda, Ph.D., Daniel Wilson, and Thomas J. Siller, Ph.D.

This work was funded and made possible from a Grant from the Colorado State University Clean Energy Supercluster.

Webpage layout and style by Noah Clark

Clean Energy Curriculum

This High School STEM Curriculum is focused on the scientific, mathematical, and engineering content connections related to the Clean Energy Technologies of Wind, Solar, and Fuel Cell Technologies.

Hydrogen car solar panels

What Is This Curriculum:

      Upon completion of this unit, students will have an understanding and appreciation for clean energy systems, the causes and effects of climate change, relationships between electricity and magnetic fields, wind power, solar power, hydrogen fuel cells, and energy conservation. Because this curriculum was designed by a team of CSU educators, teacher partners, engineers, and CSU undergraduate students studying to become engineering and technology teachers, the modules are a unique blend of best-practices pedagogy and a rare engineering perspective.
Student working on a fuel cell carTwo students working on a fuel cell car

Why We Need Clean Energy Curriculum:

      As the need for clean and sustainable energy systems increases, it is imperative that our nation's secondary educational facilities are preparing students to enter the emerging "Green Collar Economy." However, with instructors left the burden of creating new curricula for a changing world, content knowledge and adequate resources to tackle new subjects can be difficult to come by. The juxtaposition of the growing environmental and technological problems society faces with our dwindling engineering and scientific workforce reveals a serious systemic problem: regardless of our convictions, we may soon lack the shear people intellectual-power to combat 21st century energy and climate problems. This curriculum will guide students from understanding the energy challenges and trade-off's between energy, environment, society, to basic understanding of electricity and magnetism, culminating with an interactive engineering capstone activity where students will each build and test a miniature wind turbine, solar generator, battery charging station, and fuel cell powered model car. In the first stages of the curriculum students will learn about fundamental laws of electricity and power such as Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Circuit Laws, conceptual Maxwell Equations, work/energy/power relationships, and current/voltage/power relationships. Students will understand how magnetic flux induces current and how current loops induce magnetic fields by creating their own miniature generators and electromagnets.