See the Wind

The goal of this activity is to help students see the difference in the speed and smoothness of the wind at different altitudes above the earth. This is important for wind engineers as they seek to place their wind turbines in the fastest and smoothest winds possible. It is also a major reason that wind turbines are getting larger and higher in the sky, and is why we are starting to see wind turbines in the plains and out in the ocean near the coast. Teacher background and assessment sheets are provided.

Related Topics:
1. Energy is a physical quantity that follows precise natural laws.
2. Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system.

Associated Grade Levels:

Related Sub-Topics

1.7 Many different units are used to quantify energy.

2.3 Earth’s weather and climate are mostly driven by energy from the Sun.

2.1 Earth constantly changes as energy flows through the system.