Winding a Windmill
The windiest month of the year is usually March. The second? April. It’s a little nicer in April than in March to fly kites, which is why it’s the National Kite Month. Besides flying kites, what else does the wind help us do? One thing that has become more common is using the wind to generate power (energy) with windmills. Windmills will be involved in the challenge this month. The challenge is to build windmill blades that generate the most power. How many blades should there be? What types of blades catch the most wind? Use your skills to find out!
Your windmill blades do have some criteria and constraints. Only the materials provided can be used in your design. The blades can only be a certain height determined by the height of the windmill base. The blade spokes need to be coffee stirrers or craft sticks, but part of the blade that catches the wind can be any material.
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