Featured in PASCO’s College Environmental Science Instructor Guide

College Environmental Science Instructor Guide

(PS-3809A)

College Instructor edition with experiments covering introductory and general environmental science topics.

Wind Power & Where to Build

Lab Summary

Use My World GIS to study the feasibility of developing wind power in various cities in the United States.

**Requires My World GIS License.

Theory

Students use a specific set of criteria to study the feasibility of developing wind power in various locations. They also:

  • Understand the factors that contribute to a successful wind power plant.
  • Compile a list of cities that are good candidates for the development of wind power.
  • Write a consulting proposal on behalf of a power company for one or more cities recommending the development of wind power.

Method

Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Using a variety of criteria to determine some of the best places in the United States to build a wind farm.
  • Creating a data selection in My World GIS for ideal power class range and using this layer as the master layer from which all other data selections will be queried.
  • Creating a series of crossed data selections using the power class layer and narrowing down a list of United States cities with potential for wind power development.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

My World GIS Classroom (10 seat) License

(SE-7352C)

Allows the installation and use of the Software on up to 10 computers within the confines of a single classroom or student laboratory at a K-12 educational institution, or on a single mobile cart.

The Associated Bundle:

College Environmental Science Sensor Bundle

(PS-2930A)

Contains the probeware needed to perform all 26 experiments in the College Environmental Science instructor guide.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.