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.
Their design team spends their working days using the technological problem solving process to find ways to make the racing boats sail faster. And now they are trying to break the wind powered land speed record!
Listen carefully to the team as they discuss how they test and refine new ideas. There are clues in this video that you will be able to use to help you with your design.
When the wind blows
A force to be reckoned with
How sail boats work
We have set up Kōkōkaha providers around Aotearoa New Zealand to deliver a day long Kōkōkaha sailing experience to classes of up to 30 students. Watch the video below to get a feel for how sailing experiences integrate with the classroom experiences. Then go to our sailing experience page to get more detail about the sailing experience component of Kōkōkaha .
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.