The world is continuing to increase its use of energy. Much of this energy is from non renewable sources. This is having an impact on our climate as more and more carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere.
In New Zealand more than 80% of energy is generated from renewable sources, with wind being one of those sources. We need to find ways to harness even more power from the wind.
Your mission is to design a technology to harness the power of the wind.
SETTING THE SCENE
Emirates Team New Zealand are world leaders at developing technological solutions to harness the power of the wind.
Elise Beavis is a member of the design team and spends her working days using the technological problem solving process to find ways to make the racing boats sail faster.
Listen carefully to Elise as she explains how the team designs, tests and refines new ideas. There are clues in her video that you will be able to use to help you with your design.
LEARN ABOUT WIND
There are three sets of classroom learning experiences and a sailing experience to help build the knowledge and skills you will need to design a technology to harness the wind. Use any combination of experiences and as many experiences as you like to get ready for the design process.
Your mission is to design a technology to harness the power of the wind. There are three categories of design to choose from.
1. A wind sculpture
2. Using wind to power something
3. An innovation to make Emirates Team New Zealand sail faster
Upload your designs to the Kōkōkaha ideas gallery to share them with other schools throughout New Zealand.
Members of the NZL Sailing Team will review the designs and the top design in each category will receive a school visit from members of the NZL Sailing team.