Groovy Shop / Blowing in the Wind
Engineering Design Challenge - A Lesson in Wind Energy
You are a groovy mechanical engineer who is inspired by the story of a boy from Malawi, who, at fourteen years old, battled through extreme poverty to build a series of windmills from scratch that could generate electricity for his village – a luxury enjoyed by only 2 percent in Malawi. Using only the materials in your Groovy Lab in a Box, can you design and build a windmill which can fetch a pail of grooviness for those in need?
During your ENGINEERING DESIGN PROCESS, you will design and build several different types of groovy windmills. Explore and investigate forces and motion, potential and kinetic energy associated with windmills, various parts of a windmill, how different blade designs affect performance, how energy is transferred from wind into usable mechanical energy and much, much more.