Blowing In The Wind


Engineering Design Challenge – A Lesson in Wind Energy

You are a groovy mechanical engineer who is inspired by the story of a boy from Malawi, who, at fourteen years old, battled through extreme poverty to build a series of windmills from scratch that could generate electricity for his village – a luxury enjoyed by only 2 percent in Malawi. Using only the materials in your Groovy Lab in a Box, can you design and build a windmill which can fetch a pail of grooviness for those in need?

During your ENGINEERING DESIGN PROCESS, you will design and build several different types of groovy windmills. Explore and investigate forces and motion, potential and kinetic energy associated with windmills, various parts of a windmill, how different blade designs affect performance, how energy is transferred from wind into usable mechanical energy and much, much more.

* Emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)
* Extended learning through our exclusive online portal
* For children ages 8 and up

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With Groovy Lab in a Box, young STEMists (your children!) will receive fun, hands-on projects and an engineering design challenge – all focused on a particular STEM topic.

All STEMists will receive a Lab Notebook, where they can read about that month’s topic, perform investigation activities and document their findings. They will investigate, brainstorm, plan, build, test and redesign their own creations.

STEMists also receive access to our special “Beyond…in a Box” online learning portal. This is a unique feature of Groovy Lab in a Box because it gives STEMists a deeper understanding of that month’s topic. “Beyond…in a Box” has videos and more interactive activities to supplement what they are learning from the box projects, which also helps the STEMist even more when completing the design challenge.

While the investigation activities have step-by-step directions, STEMists won’t have detailed directions to complete the Engineering Design Challenge. Instead, they must rely on their critical thinking skills, and what they’ve learned through the investigation process from the Lab Notebook and online activities. The Engineering Design Challenge is the culmination of your STEMist’s learning experience – the ultimate project where he/she must apply the knowledge gained from that month’s activities.

Science learning made fun!

Groovy Lab in a Box: Inspiring the next generation of STEMists….

For ages 8+

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Weight 1.1 lbs

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