This is a tutorial for students to learn how to design their own wind turbine blade in Tinkercad, which you can 3D print or laser cut and use with the STELR wind energy kit. You can order a kit from the STELR website (link below) if you don’t already have one. There are A LOT of other resources on that site too, so it is worth checking out.
This video can be used as a resource for high school science and engineering teachers who are teaching engineering, renewable energy, physics, Computer Aided Design (CAD) or related subjects. It can also be used as a resource for homeschooling parents, for advanced students who are looking for extension assignments or science fair projects or for anyone who wants a practical engineering project that can be completed by students from 13 years and up (maybe younger with a parent’s help).
The CAD program used is Tinkercad, a cloud-based CAD program for kids aged 13 and up. This is a great program for kids to learn the basics of computer aided design, and you can even run it on a tablet or Chromebook since all the computations are done on the cloud.
STELR Wind energy resources (order the kit here)
I will be putting out new educational resources for teenagers (and adults, or precocious children) monthly from now on, so make sure you subscribe to stay in touch! The next videos will be a series using the STELR wind energy kit to explore a surprising test result and in the process I will show you what it is like to work as a real engineer to develop new technology.
Get in touch with me via LinkedIn or Facebook (links are on my channel page)! I love to get new ideas for videos from viewers, arrange a talk for class groups, help with additional resources.
Other wind energy engineering videos that students can understand:
Why do wind turbines (usually) have 3 blades? Engineering design tradeoffs explained
Wind turbine aerodynamics: stall vs pitch regulation
Engineering design lifetime – why don’t engineers design products to last longer?
And a video to facilitate open discussion on several sustainability topics:
Nifty and Thrifty: heat pump and waste-to-energy projects in Denmark