Renewable Energy Kit Introduction

Renewable Energy Kit Introduction


[Renewable Energy Kit Introduction] Hi. I’m Mike Blasberg, Biology Product Manager
here at PASCO. Today I’m excited to introduce you to the
new Renewable Energy Kit that includes a wind turbine, solar panel,
and a number of accessories so your students can explore energy transformations. We’ve also created 12 lab activities, which you can download for free at pasco.com/renewable. These labs guide students through experiments that teach the principles of photovoltaic
and wind turbine operation before challenging them to create the most
efficient turbine they can by designing their own blades. Today we’ll be unpacking the kit and assembling the turbine for the first time. Once this is completed, you could store the nacelle assembled and
save time for future labs. So let’s go ahead and get started. The kit comes in this plastic storage container. It includes some instructions. There are a few bags of parts, which we’ll
open up here. We’re going to need this front plate, which we’ll use to hold the shaft as it comes
through to the motor, the base of our nacelle, a motor mount, the
motor. There’s some adapters here, so students can design their own blades out
of balsa wood or cardboard. We’re going to set these aside for now. The second half of our motor mount, some screws, and then these are the pieces for the actual
blade hub and nosepiece. Other than what you see here, you might also
want a small Phillips screwdriver just to help tighten the screws before providing
this to students. We’ll open up our hardware here. You’re going to need all of the nuts and bolts,
which you see included. There are two sizes. There’s four larger ones, which will be used to secure some of the pieces
to the base, and then two smaller ones, which we’ll use
for the motor bracket. The first step is to take our base, and we’re
going to put this front piece on. You want to the logo facing outward. We’ll put a couple of the larger screws through
the base. And we’ll flip it over to put the nuts on. Just finger tighten these to start, and then
we’ll come back and tighten them up with the screwdriver after
we’re finished. The second step is we’re going to add the
motor mount. So that goes on like this. You want the arch facing back towards the
back of the turbine here to give it a little bit more space. Again, we’ll use the larger screws. And flip it over and put the nuts on here. So now those are all on there finger-tight, and we could take our screwdriver and just
come back and holding it, make sure they’re good and
tight. You don’t want them rattling loose while the
turbine is in operation. This is not something you’ll need to disassemble
between labs. We can store this all together in the tote and just pull it out for the next time. Then before doing the motor, I’m going to pull out the base and the short
tower here just to hold everything. I’ll place the motor in the mount and put this bracket over the top, and then we’ll use the last two small screws
here to secure the bracket. All right, there we go. We’ll give these, again, a little turn with
the screwdriver to make sure they’re good and snug. Next, the drive shaft here can be inserted, and this just friction-fits onto the motor,
like so. Then our blade hub. Slide it on there, and there’s just a small wing nut to hold
everything in place. From here, students can either insert the
blades included with the kit, or they can use their own blade design. There you go. When we’re finished, we simply pull things
apart and we can place them back in the bin here
for the next activity. For more information on this kit and other
PASCO products, please visit pasco.com/renewable. Thank you.

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