Island Rescue Using Wind and Solar Power


Development of an engineering unit to study wind and solar power as effective alternative sources of energy.

Science Domains: Engineering, Technology & Applications of Science, Physical Science

NGSS Standards: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4, MS-PS3-5, MS-PS4-2

Project Poster

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Learning Objectives

This project exposes students to effective alternative sources of energy through an exploration of wind and solar power. Students are presented with an engineering problem to solve using skills they acquire during the project to understand the mechanisms behind electric currents, circuits and change, identify sources of alternative energy and their respective advantages and disadvantages, and explain voltage, current, resistance and power.

Project Materials

  • Solar panel and wind turbine (recommend PASCO kit)
  • 5 LED’s
  • Buzzer
  • 4 wires with alligator clips
  • Conductive and non-conductive Squishy Circuit soil
  • Box fan
  • Light