Students will be introduced to wind energy and a wind power classification system. Students will learn how electricity generated from wind turbines is transported to the electrical grid, and then to a substation and to their homes for use.
Students will use Google Earth to investigate ideal features of wind farms. Students will take a Google Earth tour of 5 large wind farms around the world. Students will use the Google Earth measurement tool to determine the estimated perimeter of each wind farm.
Students will use My World GIS or Web GIS to examine wind speed and land use patterns in Pennsylvania to determine the best place to locate a new wind farm in the Lehigh Valley and in Pennsylvania.