Mechanical engineers are really important in our lives. Experts at materials, energy, and machinery, they are always thinking about how a machine can do work for us. Our focus in first grade will be with wind energy, and how the wind, when paired with the right machine, can do work for us! First graders will be designing some pretty neat technologies that use wind energy!
Mechanical engineers design machines that do wonders for us! While all machines need a force to get them moving, some specific machines use the wind to do its work. We're learning new vocabulary related to mechanical engineers, including anemometer, wind turbine, and windmill. First graders have had the chance to see all of these machines in action...and how they do work for us! The student to the left holds the fan as Mrs. Brinza holds an anemometer in front of it. An anemometer is a tool scientists use to measure the wind's speed.