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DOB Academy is a training institute focused on the offshore (wind) energy sector. Under our motto “Empowering Engineering Excellence”, we believe in sharing knowledge within the offshore sector. We have been successfully working towards this goal for years by organizing training courses, seminars, meetings, and online events. For several years we have also been giving lessons to teachers in secondary and higher education under the term “Teach the teacher”.

We recently expanded the target group even further by also teaching at primary schools. In this way we strive to let children encounter themes concerning technology, sustainability, and energy in an intuitive way. In this way we create awareness for these important topics, and we stimulate talent and interest in technology from young age.

 

WHAT ARE THESE LESSONS ABOUT?

During our lessons, the children will not only become aware of the technical and social side of technology and energy, but also of overarching concepts such as climate change and sustainability. The children will get to work with these topics in an interactive and appealing way.

The Wind Energy module consists of six components. The children receive about fifteen minutes of theoretical explanation in class about each part, with room for interaction and questions. After the lessons there is a practical of about thirty minutes where they can put the acquired knowledge into practice. During these practical workshops, the children will do a physical piece of work, which they can then take home. This practical experience is then related to the theoretical knowledge in a final discussion.

During the final lesson, everything that has been learned comes together and the children will build their own green, sustainable city, powered by wind turbines!

TOGETHER TOWARDS A BETTER FUTURE

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Practicals

Subject 1: What is wind?
Subject 2: How to catch wind?
Subject 3: What to do with wind?
Subject 4: What is electricity?
Subject 5: How to make electricity?
Subject 6: How does a wind turbine work?

Subject 1: What is wind? 

During this first subject the definition of air will be discussed, as well as what it consists of and how we are surrounded by it. The children will be introduced to the concept of density and learn why some objects float and some sink. In addition, they will see that we actually live at the bottom of an air ocean. To conclude this topic, the children will perform a practical, in which they will mix liquids with different densities to see how different layers will appear.

Subject 2: How to catch wind? 

In the second part it will be explained that wind is created by high- and low-pressure areas. Based on examples, it is explained how long wind has been used and how resistance can be created with wind. We then briefly discuss the concept of lift and how it is used nowadays for airplanes and wind turbines. Finally, during a practical, the children will assemble their own kite so they can experience in practice how they can make use of the resistance of the wind.  

Subject 3: What to do with wind? 

During the third subject we take a closer look at what wind can be used for and the children will be told about the history of windmills in general and about windmills in the Netherlands specifically. We also take a closer look at the technical aspects of lift, to find out how and why lift works. The difference between resistance and lift is explained using some examples. To be able to apply this new knowledge in practice, at the end of the lesson the children will make their own rotor from paper and cardboard.

 

 

 

Subject 4: What is electricity? 

Now that the children have learned more about wind, during the fourth topic they will be introduced to the other pillar of wind energy: electricity. They will learn about the difference between static and dynamic electricity and about the history of electricity, using examples of some prominent physicists. Finally, the children learn how their self-made rotor from the third lesson can generate energy when they test how well their design works during the practical.

Subject 5: How to make electricity?  

In this section we will discuss in more detail how electricity is generated and how it is transported from the source to the user. The children will learn how electricity can be generated, including the technical aspects of it. We will look at how much power is needed to make some everyday objects work, and how we can generate power ourselves by movement. At the end of the lesson, the children will assemble their own generator in a practical in which they can generate the electricity to light a lamp.

 

Subject 6: How does a wind turbine work? 

This concluding part discusses the operation of wind turbines and wind turbines at sea. Using a sample model, we look underneath the housing of the turbine to see what is needed to make it work properly. We then use real-life images from the field to show what it is like to work on wind turbines at sea. To finish the whole module, the children make their own sustainable city. The goal of this final practical is for each child to make a circuit to light the lamp in a house. They place this house on a tile that, for example, represents a farm or residential area. At the end, all tiles are put together and combined with the rotors from the third and fourth lesson, to form a sustainable city of the future, powered by wind energy.

 

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