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Wind Farm Controversy


This video shows the 2019 debate surrounding the building of wind farms in Madison County, Iowa.

Madison County, IA

Possible Guiding, Compelling and/or Anchoring Questions

  • Why are people upset about having wind farms in their area?
  • How common is wind energy common in Iowa? Why might this be?
  • How can wind energy be expanded while balancing the environment or people’s interests?

Classroom Suggestions

  • Research and identify the wants and needs of different stakeholders in wind energy.
  • List and prioritize criteria for and constraints on electricity generation in Iowa.
  • Analyze wind energy in light of criteria and constraints and compare to other electricity sources.
  • Investigate where and how a student’s home or a school’s electricity is generated and whether similar controversies around wind energy or other generation modes exist in their area.

Related Resources

Iowa Core Alignment

Engineering, Technology and the Application of Science
High School (9-12)
Disciplinary Core Idea
ETS1: Engineering Design

Credit Info

Media produced for Market to Market by Iowa PBS.
Submitted by Dan Voss and Madison Beeler as part of their Iowa STEM Teacher Externship experience at Iowa PBS.


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