High School Students Participate in Wind Energy Project

Exciting things are happening at Triton! This year, the Applied Mathematics students are participating in a Project Based Learning experience related to designing, building, and testing home built wind generators.  Their math lessons are designed around wind energy, and cover topics including measuring techniques, unit conversions, rotational equilibrium, torque, wind pressure, force, volume, mass, density, and electricity.  Students use Google Sheets to mathematically model speed/torque data collected from lab activities, and then use integration to determine which blade design has more power.  Designs are modeled in 3D using AutoDesk Inventor or SolidWorks, and some complex parts are 3D printed. Students will rework ceiling fan motors into generators, and connect these to their blade assemblies with the goal of charging 12V batteries which will power DC devices such as cell phones, LED lights, etc.. Students will visit the UMASS Lowell Wind Energy Center in the spring where they may learn more about wind energy by speaking with students and their professors.