The blades are spinning faster and faster slicing through the air like a hot knife in butter. 1…2…3 watts it’s starting to generate, as the class gets more and more excited, the blades won’t stop spinning. And we have our winner. John and his group get first place in the competition to see whose wind turbine spins fastest, and the class starts to think about how to really build this thing.
As MarinSEL students, we must brainstorm an exhaustive list of ideas and do our best to choose and implement one. We of course had some crazy ideas, but the one we landed on was to make a 3D print of the wind turbine, and do that as our final. So how do we go about doing that you may ask?
In engineering we have been working with AutoDesk Inventor to make 3D models of a dragster race car. With our recent and valuable experience with inventor, we are going to make a 3D model of the wind turbine in separate parts, and then put it all together during our final period.
Wind turbines are a useful and practical thing. They use natural, renewable wind power to turn a turbine that is connected to a generator, making energy. Driving down Interstate 580, you can see hundreds of wind turbines. Unfortunately, renewable energy only accounts for 3% of the energy in the United States, and only 9% of that 3% renewable energy in the US is generated from wind. Hopefully in the future, wind turbines will become a bigger part of the economy, and because of the training that MSEL students are getting, it should be easy to find a job in the future for us.
This week was fun, and very educational. All the students in our class are grateful to have Ms. Oropallo as our teacher. Happy Holidays!