Innovation: George Rickey Kinetic Sculpture
South Bend 2009 - 2010

Lesson 11: Energy - 2
Grades 9-12 (could adapt these ideas for K-8)

Resources: (1) More
pictures of Rickey sculptures; (2) Three 30 second videos of the sculptures

    Possible Questions
How do the shapes of Rickey sculptures use the wind to produce motion?
How do the new “wind-farms” compare with “old-fashioned” windmills?
How much energy can we produce from the wind?
Where can we put “wind farms” in the future?

Teacher help:
Directed discussion - why do we need to develop renewable energy use, drawbacks of wind-energy (variable, not much for each “wind-energy generator”)
Hands–on: group discussions and writing their ideas about the questions raised
- these could focus on the mechanics of wind-farms, how they are used to develop electricity,
and how that electricity is included in the national electrical grid.
Students develop a project how to build a windmill to produce energy at their school
Summing up the experience: Whole class discussions
How effective were the models in producing motion - how would you improve your models
(note, not every group need be successful)
Extensions: How much energy can we produce from the wind?
How do the new “wind-farms” compare with “old-fashioned” windmills?
Are we going to need more “wind farms” in the future? How does energy production from wind compare to that from sunlight?
Some Standards