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I’m always on the lookout for new toys and gadgets that can demonstrate science in a fun way.  The latest one to catch my eye is the Firewinder.  The helical structure catches the wind, and the turning affect creates electricity which is used to light the LED bulbs embedded in its surface.  It’s a bit like a wind turbine, only looks nicer in the dark.

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The video below can be shown as an engaging hook for any lesson on renewable energy resources, energy transfers and generating electricity.

The PowerPoint contains two starter activities, one for GCSE and one for KS3.  You could replace the image of the Firewinder with the video which would give the students more of an idea of what the gadget is.