This unit is part of a much bigger, semester-long CTE project. The completed project involves the construction of a wind turbine and its charge controller, as well as the supporting academic instruction, safety and tool lessons, and testing and performance investigations. This unit focuses on the introductory components of this project and would easily act as a stand-alone unit (i.e. no need to complete the entire term-long unit carried out by the author of this set of activities).
In addition to the CTE/STEM focus of the unit/project lessons, educators will find academic lessons in Physics that supplement the primary core area of study.
The structure of this unit and the materials contained within it were created by Eric Johnson (CTE) and Angie Friedrich (chemistry) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Specialist Robert Kuintzle.