To teach that moving a magnet over wire can create electricity.
To teach a basic or two about magnetism.
To educate that we can use natures own power instead of fossil fuel.
To understand why wind can be a force to help create electricity.To compare student hypotheses with the actual results of the experiment
To learn to reuse what we have.
Step 1: Hypothesis.
Step 2: Materials.
6 beefy diodes. (aka high current/high voltage.)
Some 1/2 inch pvc pipe to be cut into 1/2 inch or so sections
Lots of magnet or motor wire. 12 * 14+ feet = 168+ fee the longer the bettert
Jig to wrap coils
Cheap Dollar store magnetic compass.
A diagram of the generator to be made.
Plastic knife to cut the Styrofoam.
12 inch ruler
Step 3: Strategy:
Each student is to take the materials and then put together a wind generator. They will need to use a bit of geometry to make the plates. By testing the coils with a compass they can see how magnetism works. They will also see the force of wind can be put to work. They will get some experience at putting a project together as an engineer might do with a prototype. Lastly see the unit they have built create electricity. For younger students the soil and magnet platform could be pre-made.