Seventh graders kicked off Earth Week with a hands-on activity focused on learning about wind power. Students were grouped into teams to build a standard model wind turbine. They then were asked to collaborate and create a wind turbine of their own design, based on their observations of how the standard turbine worked. “They had to improve on the original design,” explains Mrs. Hobbs, a seventh grade science teacher. “It’s a challenging activity. Each model was tested in 15-second increments, with students recording the number of rotations. They really had to examine the turbines and come up with solutions to make it better. A number of the models that the students created themselves outperformed the standard models. A lot of trial and error were involved, but it was also evident that the students had fun too.”

Throughout the week these students will explore biofuels, solar, geothermal, hydro-electric and wind energy.