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Team Name: The BlowHards
Members: Kelly Frederick, (509) 766-2661 x 2126, kfrederick@mlsd.wednet.edu Chief Moses Middle School, Moses Lake, WA and Mary Dooms, (847) 540-2730 mary.dooms@lz95.org, Lake Zurich Middle School South, Lake Zurich, IL


Project Name: The Answer is Blowin' in the Wind Project


Collaborate across the country and subject areas to investigate the possibility of using of wind power in our communities.

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Topics of study: energy, scale/proportions, graphing, cost/benefit analysis, benefits and risk analysis.
What are the outcomes? Aftering discovering the mathematical and science concepts necessary to build a model wind turbine, we want the students to design and engineer their own model wind turbine, collaboratively using their own designs and comparing and defending them using web collaborative tools. The students will also learn of the societal issues inherent in wind energy.
How would the students be assessed? participating and constructing model wind turbine, use of communication tools,

What will they be doing? building wind turbines, researching and detailing turbine technology, debate the risks and benefits of wind energy.


Ages: 10-12 year old sixth graders, science, math, language arts.
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What time of year: Beginning of February 2011, during the school day and after school (asynchronously)


We will use skype, googledocs, wikispace,
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Hook: Name, Did you see the video last night on CNN about the oil spill? You won't believe how many students have talked to us. They want to know what they can do to lessen our dependence on oil. Kelly and I want to help our students better understand energy alternatives. Since there are so many, we think a good place to start would be wind energy. We've got a great STEM idea called "The Answer is Blowin' in the Wind" and it will connect kids across the country using technology to work collaboratively on this project. Specifically, we want the students to design and engineer their own model wind turbine, collaboratively using their own designs and comparing and defending them using web collaborative tools.We need your support in a couple of ways. 1. we need you for to open the technology constraints so that we can connect. 2. we need a small operating budget of $300 so that we can purchase the materials for this inquiry based final product.
Need a transition statement between oil spill and project, visit wind farm, tell about capability of windDc motor hook up of voltage to fan over time.What is the final product?

Need a transition statement between oil spill and project
Visit wind farm, tell about capability of wind
Dc motor hook up of voltage to fan over time.
What is the final product?

Hook it up to a light bulb to see the
# of students
Tech specific
Take old cd player and hook it up to volt meter.

We need engineers as the hook instead of CNN hook

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