Montana State University

Wind Applications Center

MSU Science Saturday

MSU Wind Applications Center participated in one of the MSU Science Saturdays events.
An estimated 70 grade school students attended this fifth and final Science Saturday edition of the academic year. Some photos of the presentation and activities are shown below.

Introduction: Alternative Energy Discussion:
M&IE Professor Robb Larson & Chemistry Professor Trevor Douglas.


Professor Robb Larson introduces the Science Saturday participants to wind energy concepts.

Chemistry Professor Trevor Douglas captures the participants' attention.

Groups of kids got to design, build, and test their own wind turbine blades.

Groups of kids got to design, build, and test their own wind turbine blades.

Groups of kids got to design, build, and test their own wind turbine blades.

Participants came up with lots of innovative designs.

Participants came up with lots of innovative designs.

Students experimented with blade count as well as blade shape, materials, pitch, balance
and tested the electrical output of a turbine system using their original blade designs.
ME Graduate Student Nathan Palmer helps test a turbine design built by Science Saturday participants.

Students watch as ME graduate student Nathan Palmer helps test a turbine design built by Science Saturday participants.

ME Graduate Student Nathan Palmer and MIE Professor Robb Larson
working with Science Saturday students.

ME graduate student Nathan Palmer and MIE Professor Robb Larson work with Science Saturday students.

A nice design, testing underway...

A participant readies the box fan to test the design.

More testing, this time with unique blade shapes.

Participants watch as their uniquely shaped blades are tested.

Turbine blade designers modifying their blades to try for maximum power output.

Turbine blade designers modifying their blades to try for maximum power output.

These wind turbine designers are proud of their system performance!

Two participants show their wind turbine design.