Topic: Why is wind a renewable energy resource?

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Why is wind a renewable energy resource?

For thousands of years, people around the world have used the force of the wind to lift, push, and pound. With the invention of devices that can turn motion into voltage, wind is a power source that will never run low no matter how often we use it.

Video

A short 3.5 minute video explaining the topic for students.

Why is wind a renewable energy resource?

A fun introduction to how we use wind to generate renewable energy.

Use this video in your lesson or share directly with your students.

Digital Activities

Digital interactive activities can be used in your classroom in conjunction with the video, or independently.

Q&A

This interactive Q&A is designed to quiz students on what they have learned after watching the video.

This is a digital version of the multiple choice PDF worksheet below.

The great windfarm challenge

A game where students decide where to place 10 wind turbines. They explore ways to maximise electricity production while balancing social, environmental, and cultural impacts.

Demonstrates the complexities of designing a wind farm in a real world context.

Worksheets and Classroom Activities

Topic PDF worksheets can be used in your classroom either in conjunction with the video or independently.

Q&A

This Q&A worksheet is designed to quiz students on what they have learned after watching the video.

This is a PDF version of the digital interactive found above.

Making a mini turbine (advanced)

This worksheet has all the instructions on how to run an independent, practical classroom activity, where students design and build the best wind turbine blade in a fun classroom competition.

Teacher Resources

Teacher notes & worksheet answers

By using the resources available for this topic, your students have the opportunity to learn:

  • Wind can be used to turn a turbine to grind grain, pump water, and generate electricity
  • Wind turbines generate electricity by turning magnets to generate a magnetic field in a dynamo
  • Wind is a renewable energy source and has less downsides than non-renewable energy sources
  • A convection current is caused by the sun heating the earth, causing particles of air to move
  • Different types of wind turbine technology

This PDF includes:

  • Video summary
  • Literacy links
  • Research tasks
  • Curriculum links
  • Worksheet answers

Curriculum Mapping

Lower Secondary topics are designed for Australian grade 7 and 8 students and are aligned to Australian curriculums.

Australian Curriculum Science, year 8

NSW Curriculum Science, stages 3 and 4

Victorian Curriculum Science, levels 7 and 8

Discover the wonders of electricity & renewable energy

Upper Primary

Grade 5 & 6

Students explore the basics of electricity. Students will learn how electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits.

Lower Secondary

Grade 7 & 8

Students explore how energy sources such as the sun and wind can be harnessed to produce electricity, and ways to store it.