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Native Pathways to Education
Alaska Native Cultural Resources
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Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: writing, wiring, math, physics

Timeline: one semester

Grade Levels: 9-12

Purpose: to provide electricity to a cabin using a wind generator


B. Harrison
Practical Application
of Alternative Energy



Square bullet Activities

  • Incorporate into a unit on alternative energy use.
  • Analyze the environment for location and type of windmill.
  • Construct the wind generator.
  • Wire the house.
  • Couple generator to batteries, to inverter, and to house.
  • Test, correct, test.
  • Operate.

Square bullet Resources

  • Energy Primer, published by and available from Portola Institute, 540 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025
  • a wind generator or the proper lumber and materials to construct one
  • materials are available from manufacturers listed in Energy Primer; $500-1,500 funding
  • a generator, storage batteries, electrical hardware, and, depending upon the type of consumption, a static inverter
  • Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, for references, recommendations, and support


  • Give a historical review of windmill applications.
  • Include a unit on elementary wiring and electricity. 
  • Use in conjunction with a wind measurement project, to make sure enough wind is available.


Village Map and Directory

Land Selection

Local Weather Station

Star Mapping

6" Newtonian Reflecting Telescope Construction

Planetarium Construction

Investigation of Snow Melting

Insulation Experiments: Cardboard Boxes/Snow-Fenced Houses

Durable, Energy-Efficient Homes

Practical Application of Alternative Energy System

Solar Energy Uses

Construction of School/Community Facilities

Bush Shop or How to Learn Carpentry Without Wood

Basic Home Maintenance

Snowmachine Maintenance

Glider Construction (Aviation Shop)

Subsistence Tool Construction

Operating a Trapline, Subsistence Trapline, or Subsistence Net

Survival Skills

Heritage Campout

Netting Fish Efficiently

Natural History

Study of a Food Resource

Effects of Diet on Mice or Rats

Medicinal Plants

Farming the Sea

Summer Marine Science Program

Vegetable Gardening

Greenhouse Construction and Gardening

Chicken Farming

Water Usage Study

Garbage Disposal

Village Dogs

Fire Safety



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Alaska Native Knowledge Network
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756730
Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
Phone (907) 474.1902
Fax (907) 474.1957
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Last modified August 17, 2006