Texas Energy Museum
In 2014, the Foundation for Southeast Texas granted the Texas Energy Museum $1,000 towards "Experimenting with Wind," our summer science exhibition. For the past few years, the museum has produced an interactive science exhibition that allows visitors to experiment with a hands-on science principle. This past summer of 2014, the museum created vertical wind tubes. Using only a paper plate and scissors, visitors were encouraged to create a "flying contraption" and test its capacity to float, fly, or hover in the wind tubes. By adding or adapting various flaps and spirals, or by changing the center of gravity, visitors tested their creations and learned about some basic principles of wind speed, loft, and surface area. These same principles apply to creating wind energy through wind blades and windmills.