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STEAM - science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics


Do you know what the traditional ways to get the energy are?

- They are: oil, natural gas, coal, electric power

And what are alternative energy sources?

- Solar energy, wind energy, biomass, geothermal energy, hydropower, hydrogen, fusion.

Watch the video Solar Energy “How Solar Panels Work”

Write an essay describing the work of solar panels. Sent it to the teacher. Do you think solar panels are safe and easily utilized?

Read the text Power from the Breeze and find the answers to the questions:

  1. What are people using the wind for today?
  2. What disadvantage do wind turbines have?
  3. When is electricity created?
  4. Which sentence about wind is true?
  5. It is an endless source of electricity.
  6. It can be used to ruin a landscape.
  7. It is the perfect solution for the world’s energy needs.
  8. Which sentence about wind turbines is NOT true?
  9. They are the only solution for some places.
  10. They are costly to build.
  11. They are mounted on tall towers.

“Agree or disagree” with the statements:

  1. The wind is a great source of energy
  2. Wind turbines can hurt birds
  3. Wind turbines are ugly

 Power from the Breeze

People have used the power of the wind for hundreds of years. A long time ago, sailors would use wind to push their ships across the sea. Around the same time, millers would catch the wind with their windmills to make flour. However, since the rise of electric power in the 20th century, wind power has been relied on less and less. Now, in an age where creating electricity is becoming more expensive, people are turning back to the wind. This time, they are using the power of the wind to create electricity.

Using the power of the wind starts with a machine called a turbine. These turbines are mounted on the tops of tall towers. The turbines have huge blades that are attached to a generator and, when the wind blows, it causes the blades to spin. As the blades spin, electricity is created.

Wind is an endless source of clean energy, but wind turbines do cause some problems too. Large numbers of turbines are usually built together in groups known as wind farms. The fast moving blades are a danger to birds that might fly through the area. Also, many people are concerned that the towers look ugly and ruin the landscape. The cost of building large wind turbines is a major problem as well.

There is no perfect solution to the world’s growing energy needs, but different forms of power provide different advantages. Wind turbines might be the best solutions for some areas. The wind has been used by humans for a long time, and it is good to know that it remains an important part of a greener future.

(Soo Kim, Ian Bosiak Reading Town 3, Student book p. 51)


Watch the video: Facts About Wind Energy.

To sum up the new ideas watch the presentation.

Write an essay about a wind farm and send it to the teacher. While writing you may answer the following questions:

Have you ever seen a wind farm?

What is it and how it works?

Do you think wind turbines are a perfect solution for your energy needs?

Do you think wind turbines destroy the landscape? Why or why not?

What kind of energy would you like to use in your future house?

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