The Physics Behind the Wind
by Chapman Hill and West Salem High Students
About the Book
Native Americans gather knowledge from their observations of nature. This project was filled with wonder and curiosity from our natural world while engaging authentic scientific inquiry through the physics of wind. Our community constructed their first wind turbine positioned at the local high school. Elementary students learned along with their mentor high school students the need to harvest renewable energy from the wind. Multiage groups explored weather patterns that create wind, took data from their classroom weather station, and measured wind speed with anemometers. Students used their engineering skills as they designed a tower and built a wind turbine with their own blade design. This process cultivated an understanding of the scientific process as it transmitted awareness of the new technology located in our community. Using teamwork and collaboration, the students experienced how energy is generated through their designer windmills.