On October 13th, 45 fifth graders from the Donald McKay School came to Northeastern University for a field trip on energy and electricity. The students did a series of Snap Circuits activities. The students then experimented with solar panels and how different colors and other factors influence the voltage output in the Solar Energy activity.
In the afternoon students did a Wind Turbines activity. Students were split into small groups and tasked with deciding on a number of fins and the shape of their fins for their turbines. Then the students made their fins out of cardboard. The cardboard cutouts were tested by attaching the fins to an axle with a weight on a string and the group whose fins lifted the weights the fastest won.