KS2 Renewable Energy Activities based on CONSTRUCTION
Activity 1 - Structures
Using the information and photographs in the North Hoyle construction diary, discuss how the wind farm was constructed. Ask students to carry out a series of experiments to determine:
Why the wind turbine is cylindrical in shape
Ask pupils to cut out different shapes from large pieces of card, i.e. circle, cuboid, triangular prism, cylinder, and test their strength against the wind outside or inside using a hair dryer or fan. Ask them to record the results.
Why the wind turbine is a specific diameter
Place a small block of wood with a slit in it in a tray. Part-fill the tray with water to represent the sea. Ask students to cut different widths of wood and place them in the slit, moving the tray to make waves. Ask them to record what happens.
Activity 2 - Comprehension
Read and discuss the North Hoyle construction diary and illustrations. Use the diary as a comprehension exercise to develop literacy skills.