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Wind Power Generation Competition

Description
The Competition has three Divisions:
  1. Elemenetary School: Grade 1-5
  2. Middle School: Grade 6-8
  3. High School: Grade 9-12
  • Top 3 winners from each Division earn trophies.
  • Students/Teams may work on it as long as they like prior to the Official Measrement starts at 12:00 PM as mentioned in the Schedule
  • Here is the Event Rules It is very important to READ IT to follow the guidelines and avoid possible penalty and disqualification.

Please help bring at least one Straight-body 2-liter soda bottle as descibed at this page below, if possible. We try to provide it, but we don't know how many we need.

Making a Wind Turbine: By using recyclable materials like 2-liter soda bottles, we may make blades and glued them on used CD, which is mounted/clipped on to a CD player motor - the generator. Voltage is measured when the turbine is setup in front of a running 20" box fan. There are different types of turbine designs. Characteristics like the number of blades, angle of attack, weight, etc. contribute to its performance, which is represented by the measured output voltage. There are many good resources online. Some of them are at the bottom of this page. The Top 3 teams generate the most Clean Electricity will take home trophies like the wining lineman teams also.

How the Wind Turbine is setup for measurement

Based on your blade design, using scissors, ruler, tapes, sharpies, etc. to mark and cut out blades from recyclable bottles
   
   

Then using hot glue gun, glue the blades to CD to build a Wind Turbine. It is clipped on to a CD player motor, serves as generator, to generate clean electricity, when it spins by the 20" box fan.

Need any Ideas & Info? There are so much good resources online.
LADWP Wind Power related resources

LADWP goes large with wind power
LADWP Pine Tree Wind & Solar Farm
DWP Greening the Grid
LADWP Pine Tree Wind Project
Other Resources online

Turbines, Generators and Power Plants
How Electricity Works
How do Wind Turbines work ?
The Tech That Could Fix One of Wind Power's Biggest Problems
The most powerful vertical axis windturbine (VAWT) on earth ?
Homemade Vertical Axis Wind Turbine
Wind Turbine
How Wind Turbines work
Wind 101: the basics of wind energy
Wind Turbines - Alternative Energy
GE Renewable Energy
 
 
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vendors, the chance to meet with the people who use your products and at the same time it gives the users of your
products the opportunity to give you feedback on tools and products. The Rodeo is advertised and
open to the utilities in California and all those who are willing to travel; which also
gives you the opportunity to meet and make new contacts.