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KidWind simpleGEN

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The simpleGEN is an easy-to-build AC generator that allows students to explore the basics of electrical generator design.

Description

The simpleGEN is an easy-to-build AC generator that allows students to explore the basics of electrical generator design. With the simpleGEN, you can demonstrate Faraday’s law, light LEDs, and perform experiments that explore how coils, magnets, and rotation affect electrical generation. With some quick modifications, you will be able to convert your generator to a simple motor and explore additional variables. You can also take your experiments to the next level by converting your simpleGEN into a wind turbine nacelle.

The simpleGEN classroom pack has enough materials to build 10 generators and includes three digital multimeters.

Videos

Experiments and Lab Ideas

  • Renewable Energy with Vernier book cover

    Renewable Energy with Vernier (1)

    Includes student instructions, teacher tips, safety information, and sample data.

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Lab Ideas and Innovative Uses

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Free Experiments

Preview experiments for KidWind simpleGEN by downloading all three experiments. “Multiply the Power of simpleGEN” requires the Gear Set with Spool in addition to the simpleGEN kit. The downloads include student instructions in Microsoft® Word® format and instructor information in PDF format.

  1. Generate Power with simpleGEN
  2. Spin the simpleGEN with Wind
  3. Multiply Power of simpleGEN

Download all 3 simpleGEN experiments

Lab Ideas

Activities

  • Build your own generator
  • Generate electricity
  • AC power output
  • Light LEDs
  • Compare different designs (coils, magnets, spinning)
  • Measure voltage output

Concepts

  • Understanding clean energy
  • Exploring energy transformations
  • Exploring the relationship between energy and forces
  • Developing and using physical models
  • Collecting data with advanced tools
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics to explain and understand data
  • Designing controlled experiments
  • Optimizing designs

Lessons, Tips, and Challenges

Download lessons, learn tips for building turbines, and check out the KidWind Challenges.

Go to KidWind.org

What’s Included

SimpleGEN

  • Wind Turbine Hub (1)
  • Alligator clip cord pair (1)
  • Digital multimeter (1)
  • Sandpaper 1/8 sheet (1)*
  • Magnet holder (1)
  • Ceramic magnet (4)
  • 8″ hex shaft with hub quick connect (1)
  • 4″ hex shaft (1)
  • Simple hand generator housing set (1)
  • Dowels* (25)
  • Red superbright LED* (1)
  • Bi-polar LED bulb* (1)
  • 28 gauge magnet wire with spool* (1)

Classroom Pack

  • Wind Turbine Hub (10)
  • Alligator clip cord pair (10)
  • Digital multimeter (3)
  • Sandpaper 1/8 sheet (10)*
  • Magnet holder (10)
  • Ceramic magnet (40)
  • 8″ hex shaft with hub quick connect (10)
  • 4″ hex shaft (10)
  • Simple hand generator housing set (10)
  • Dowels* (150)
  • Red superbright LED* (10)
  • Bi-polar LED bulb* (10)
  • 28 gauge magnet wire with spool* (10)

* This part is a consumable and excluded from warranty.

Ordering Information

  • All prices are for U.S. educators.
  • Items in this set are not available for individual sale.
NameOrder CodePriceQuantity
KidWind simpleGENKW-SGENKidWind SKU: A0051$50
KidWind simpleGEN (Classroom Pack)KW-SGENCKidWind SKU: A0062$399

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