Division: M (6-8)
School: Orlando Science Schools Team Size: 1

Neil’s EIA – Easter Bunny Wind Wave

Orlando Science Schools, 6-8

Easter Bunny Wind Wave

It all started last month in school when we got to build a wind turbine for a wind energy unit. When we were building the wind turbine model, I really wanted to have my own model wind turbine, but I did not have the same materials that my school had, such as a proper base or a stable blade axis. However, after 1 hour of designing and 2 more hours of building I had finished making the rotor of my wind turbine. A lot of thought went into designing the rotors, such as using 4 blades. While it is common knowledge that most wind turbines have 3 or 2 blades, however I chose to use 4 blades because if I had used any more than 4 blades the rotor would have become too heavy, if I had used 3 blades the weight would become uneven, so it would not turn because I did not use any bearings or smooth ways to turn the rotor, and if it had 2 blades it would not catch enough wind. For the nacelle- (part that holds the rotor) I just decided to tape 2 paper cups together and put holes on each end. The rest of my turbine was really simple I used a big box as the foundation and some sturdy pressed cardboard as the tower.

But, it doesn’t end there, during Easter my mom told me to make something Easter related so after about 1 hour of very much needed TV time, the idea of making a machine to make the Easter Bunny wave popped into my mind. So, I went to my designing room and saw my wind turbine and that’s when it hit me that I can attach a joint and lever axis system. So, I started furiously cutting and gluing cardboard and after about 2 hours and 5 failed attempts I had finally finished the skeleton of the system. Now, that I was almost done, I printed out the bunny and taped it in place.

Note: I would have drawn the bunny, but I lack art skills (on paper at least). The last step was the most important I had to ask my mom for help so I could finally … (suspense)…- brag to all my cousins.

Video of Art Piece

Introduction

The message I hope to convey through this art piece is that renewable energy doesn’t necessarily mean huge solar farms or a full-size wind turbine it can also be as simple as making a small windmill out of recycled cardboard that makes a bunny move without using any electricity or batteries. Every small change matters, when it comes to reducing our carbon and disposal footprint.

Video of Art Piece Working

inner workings

Credits

  • Me for being awesome
  • Also, me for being creative and resourceful
  • And finally, me for building the whole project
  • My mom for helping me recording

8 thoughts on “Neil’s EIA – Easter Bunny Wind Wave

  • May 2, 2022 at 11:07 am
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    Thank you for the in depth discussion with me on Saturday, of your energy inspired art project. You showed your grasp of the concepts for an energy transfer method that has been used for centuries. You understood the different forces that act on a wind turbine that help and impede its operation. You discussed some of the problems in building your project and the solutions you found to those problems.

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  • April 27, 2022 at 2:22 pm
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    I love this! What a wonderful and whimsical way to show renewable energy.

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  • April 27, 2022 at 10:39 am
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    I also plan on using these videos when we teach windmills/turbines again because THIS is how you can take what you are learning about and apply it to your own life.

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  • April 27, 2022 at 10:38 am
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    Part of being an excellent leader in any field is excellent communication skills. Being able to write a narrative that keeps the reader engaged and leaves them with a solid understanding of the concept as well as a smile on their face is a highly sought-after skill. Your technical skills, communication abilities, and knowledge of the concepts is incredible. I hope that you feel very proud of yourself with what you have accomplished for this project.

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  • April 27, 2022 at 6:50 am
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    This is so creative and awesome! I love that you found such a great solution to a solar farms. I hope you continue to find creative solutions to problems you see throughout your life!

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  • April 26, 2022 at 4:41 pm
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    Neil, I’m sure your cousins loved watching the presentation. Your perseverance is inspiring! The time you took to continue working on the blade shows the extreme dedication you have to your vision.

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  • April 26, 2022 at 2:56 pm
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    This is a very well thought project that has a fantastic moral message. People like you will make our world a better place!

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  • April 26, 2022 at 2:45 pm
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    Cute bunny! Our favorite part was when the bunny was waving in the end.

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