Skip to content

Clean energy: wind power

Workshop overview

Year level 7-10
Capacity 16-32 students. If you want to bring more students, email stem.schools@qut.edu.au
When School days: Monday-Friday
Duration Full day
Where QUT Gardens Point, Science and Engineering Centre
Cost Free

Workshop details

This workshop investigates renewable energy production through application of civil and mechanical engineering theory.

After exploring the need for a sustainable energy production, students are introduced to the fundamental concepts of electricity generation through energy chains, the law of conservation and the mechanics of motors and generators. Students then develop an understanding for structural analysis, enabling them to identify tension and compression in a variety of structures. Knowledge of this culminates in the design and construction of a working wind turbine. Each turbine is tested enabling students to collect data, reporting back on the variables that impact its efficiency.

Topics covered in this workshop:

  • alternate energy
  • energy transfer
  • electricity generation
  • mechanical and civil engineering.

Book this workshop

You can request a booking for this full-day workshop. You can also add a 30-minute interactive experience at The Cube to your visit.

All bookings are subject to availability of university spaces and presenters

Book workshops

Curriculum links

Year 7

Science

  • Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, including water that cycles through the environment, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)

Mathematics

  • Round decimals to a specified number of decimal places (ACMNA156)
  • Recognise and solve problems involving simple ratios (ACMNA173)
  • Investigate, interpret and analyse graphs from authentic data (ACMNA180)
  • Calculate mean, median, mode and range for sets of data. Interpret these statistics in the context of data (ACMSP171)

Design Technology

  • Analyse how motion, force and energy are used to manipulate and control electromechanical systems when designing simple, engineered solutions (ACTDEK031)
  • Analyse ways to produce designed solutions through selecting and combining characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment (ACTDEK034)
  • Select and justify choices of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to effectively and safely make designed solutions (ACTDEP037)
  • Use project management processes when working individually and collaboratively to coordinate production of designed solutions (ACTDEP039)

Year 8

Science

  • Energy appears in different forms, including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and energy transformations and transfers cause change within systems (ACSSU155)

Design Technology

  • Analyse how motion, force and energy are used to manipulate and control electromechanical systems when designing simple, engineered solutions (ACTDEK031)
  • Analyse ways to produce designed solutions through selecting and combining characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment (ACTDEK034)
  • Select and justify choices of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to effectively and safely make designed solutions (ACTDEP037)
  • Use project management processes when working individually and collaboratively to coordinate production of designed solutions (ACTDEP039)

Year 9

Science

  • Energy transfer through different mediums can be explained using wave and particle models (ACSSU182)
  • People use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they accept claims, explanations or predictions, and advances in science can affect people’s lives, including generating new career opportunities (ACSHE160)

Design Technology

  • Investigate and make judgments on how the characteristics and properties of materials are combined with force, motion and energy to create engineered solutions (ACTDEK043)
  • Investigate and make judgments on how the characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment can be combined to create designed solutions (ACTDEK046)
  • Investigate and make judgments, within a range of technologies specialisations, on how technologies can be combined to create designed solutions (ACTDEK047)
  • Develop project plans using digital technologies to plan and manage projects individually and collaboratively taking into consideration time, cost, risk and production processes (ACTDEP052)

Year 10

Science

  • Energy conservation in a system can be explained by describing energy transfers and transformations (ACSSU190)
  • The motion of objects can be described and predicted using the laws of physics (ACSSU229)
  • People use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they accept claims, explanations or predictions, and advances in science can affect people’s lives, including generating new career opportunities (ACSHE194)

Design Technology

  • Investigate and make judgments on how the characteristics and properties of materials are combined with force, motion and energy to create engineered solutions (ACTDEK043)
  • Investigate and make judgments on how the characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment can be combined to create designed solutions (ACTDEK046)
  • Investigate and make judgments, within a range of technologies specialisations, on how technologies can be combined to create designed solutions (ACTDEK047)
  • Develop project plans using digital technologies to plan and manage projects individually and collaboratively taking into consideration time, cost, risk and production processes (ACTDEP052)

Get in touch

Australian and NZ students

International students

1800 181 848
(within Australia)

+61 3 9627 4853
(outside Australia)

Enquire online