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KidWind Balsa Wood Blade Sheets - 10 Pack
KidWind Balsa Wood Blade Sheets - 10 Pack


 
Our Price: $12.86

Availability: Usually Ships in 3-5 business days.
Product Code: KIDWIND-H0017-10
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KidWind Balsa Wood Blade Sheets

Balsa wood is very lightweight, stiff, and easy to cut, carve, and shape. It is perfect for making experimental wind turbine blades. In fact, some real wind turbine blades use balsa wood "skeletons" inside fiberglass!

While corrugated plastic also works well for wind turbine blade designs, balsa wood is lighter and thinner, allowing for some very efficient blades. Check out the airfoil balsa for even more advanced blades. These sheets are 12 in. long, 3 in. wide, and 2.5 mm. thick thick.

Length 12 in.
Width 3 in.
Thickness 2.5 mm

You Can:

  • Cut and shape your own wind turbine blades
  • Experiment with number of blades
  • Experiment with size and shape of blades
  • Experiment with angle of blades

Concepts

  • Understanding differences between energy and power
  • Exploring concepts of lift, drag, and torque
  • Understanding angles
  • Developing and using physical models
  • Understanding the relationship between forces and motion
  • Understanding the relationship between energy and forces
  • Understanding clean energy
  • Exploring energy transformations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Optimizing designs
  • Designing controlled experiments
Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I attach my blades to the dowels?

    We recommend hot glue (glue gun). Other types of glue or duct tape may also work.

  • How many sheets will I need for my classroom?

    Good question! This is one component of wind turbine experiments that is considered "consumable." We recommend starting students with simple, cheap materials like cardboard, paper plates, and cardstock. Then allow them to make advanced designs using the corrugated plastic. You can also group students into "teams" to save material. Most teachers use 50-100 sheets for a class of 30 students.

  • What is the best way to cut balsa wood?

    The balsa tends to split and break if you use scissors. Hobby knives work well; just be VERY careful. We recommend adult supervision.


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