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Rethink: Wind Turbine Challenge

How can we generate electricity in a sustainable way?

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In this hands-on workshop, students will work in groups and follow an innovation process to design, test and refine their own prototype of a sustainable wind turbine. 

Throughout the workshop, students will receive constant feedback on their designs.  

Our knowledgeable science presenters will also encourage them to think about different variables and running fair-tests on their prototypes.   

 

Duration: 60 minutes  

Years: 3–6

Location: Rio Tinto Innovation Central 

Terms: 1–4 2022

Curriculum links:

Year 2

Science as a Human Endeavour

  • Nature and development of science – Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events
  • Use and influence of science – People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things

Science inquiry skills

  • Questioning and predicting – Poses specific and relevant questions and responds to questions making detailed predictions about objects and events
  • Planning and conducting – Participate in guided investigations to explore and answer questions. Use informal measurements to collect and record observations, using digital technologies as appropriate
  • Processing and analysing data and information – Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables through discussion, compare observations with predictions. Records observations using informal measurements, represents, describes, and communicates detailed observations in a variety of ways, relating these to their predictions
  • EvaluatingCompare observations with those of others
  • CommunicatingRepresent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways

Design and Technologies

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Technologies and society – People design and produce familiar products, services and environments to meet local and community needs
  • Engineering principles and systems – Forces create movement in objects

Processes and production skills. Creating solutions by:

  • Investigating and defining – Explore design to meet needs or opportunities
  • Designing – Develop, communicate and discuss design ideas through describing, drawing, modelling and/or a sequence of steps
  • Producing and implementing – Use components and given equipment to safely make solutions
  • Evaluating – Use simple criteria to evaluate the success of design processes and solutions
  • Collaborating and managing – Work independently, or collaboratively when required, to organise information and ideas to safely create and share sequenced steps for solutions

Year 3-4

Science as a Human Endeavour 

  • Nature and development of science – Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships

Science inquiry skills

  • Questioning and predicting – With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on prior knowledge
  • Planning and conducting – With guidance, plan and conduct scientific investigations to find answers to questions, considering the safe use of appropriate materials and equipment
  • Consider the elements of fair tests and use formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate, to make and record observations accurately
  • Processing and analysing data and information – Use a range of methods including tables and simple column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends
  • Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings
  • Evaluating – Reflect on investigations, including whether a test was fair or not
  • Communicating – Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings using formal and informal representations

Design and Technologies

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Technologies and society – Ways products, services and environments are designed to meet community needs
  • Engineering principles and systems – Forces, and the properties of materials, affect the behaviour of objects

Processes and production skills. Creating solutions by:

  • Investigating and definingCreate a sequence of steps to solve a given task
  • Designing – Develop and communicate ideas using labelled drawings and appropriate technical terms
  • Producing and implementing – Select, and safely use, appropriate components with given equipment to make a solution
  • Evaluating – Use criteria to evaluate design processes and solutions developed
  • Collaborating and managing – Work independently, or collaboratively when required, to plan, safely create and communicate sequenced steps

Year 5-6

Science as a Human Endeavour

  • Nature and development of science – Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions
  • Use and influence of science – Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions

Science inquiry skills

  • Questioning and predicting – With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations
  • Planning and conducting – Decide variables to be changed and measured in fair tests, and observe measure and record data with accuracy using digital technologies as appropriate
  • Processing and analysing data and information – Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations
  • Evaluating – Reflect on and suggest improvements to scientific investigations

Design and Technologies

Processes and production skills. Creating solutions by:

  • Investigating and defining – Define a problem, and set of sequenced steps, with users making a decision to create a solution for a given task
  • Identify available resources
  • Producing and implementing – Select, and apply, safe procedures when using components and equipment to make solutions
  • Evaluating – Develop negotiated criteria to evaluate and justify design processes and solutions
  • Collaborating and managing – Work independently, or collaboratively when required, to plan, safely develop and communicate ideas and information for solutions

 

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