Wind Lift Activity Documents
Wind Lift Document Downloads
Start with the Build Guide to craft an example Wind Lift or take advantage of our optional supplementary documents for deeper learning and understanding, both in and out of the classroom. Start the activity by building the example Wind Lift. Learn about the effects of blade angle and area by completing the optional Labs. Then, design and build your own unique Wind Lift to compete in Design & Engineering Challenges.
Make It Your Own: The documents for this activity are available in PDF and Microsoft Word format.
If you wish to edit a document, simply download the Microsoft Word format.
Out of the Classroom
This build guide has everything you need to construct an example Wind Lift, along with your own designs through the Engineering Process. Perfect for libraries, boy and girl scouts, science fairs, kitchen table, maker's fairs and after school use.
Looking for something with a little more classroom clout?
Check out the "In the Classroom" section below for classroom-ready document downloads.
Download the Out of the Classroom Build Guide
In the Classroom
For classroom use, download the documents below. Use the Classroom Overview for procedure and standards organization, and utilize the optional Labs and Challenges to further enrich the learning process.
Looking to just build and go?
Check out the "Out of the Classroom" section above to get started.
Download the Classroom Overview
Brief classroom overview of the TeacherGeek Wind Lift activity, including procedure, concepts, vocabulary, background information, and supplementary resources.
Classroom Overview - PDF
Classroom Overiew - Editable Word Document
Download the Build Guide & Labs
Start by building the example Wind Lift. Then, learn about potential and kinetic energy and how blade pitch and area affect the Wind Lift by completing the optional Wind Lift Labs.
Wind Lift Build Guide - PDF
Wind Lift Build Guide - Editable Word Document
Labs - PDF
Labs - Editable Word Document
Download the Engineering Challenges
What do you need to know about an engineering challenge? First… you are never done. Every design can be improved, so students should be working on improving their Wind Lift until the very last available second. Design, build, test and evolve different blade configurations during these engineering challenges. Experiment with things like blade shape, material and area.
Download the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebook
Available at two different learning levels, the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebook is designed to help students cycle thru the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. It is recommended that extra pages are printed and on-hand during activities.
Example Wind Lift Engineering Notebook
Example Wind Lift Engineering Notebook Pages
Other Useful Resource
Types of Wind Turbines - PDF
Helpful handout to explain the different types of wind turbines
Printable Protractor - PDF
Find the angle of your blade
Printable Ruler - PDF
See how your Mini Wind Turbine measures up
Wind Lift Video
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Science & Math Standards
Next Generation Science Standards
Structures & Properties of Matter - 2-PS1
Motion & Stability: Forces & Interactions - 3-PS2 , 4-PS2 , 5-PS2 , MS-PS2 , HS - PS2
Energy - 4-PS3 , MS-PS3 , HS-PS3
Engineering Design - 3-5-ETS1 , MS-ETS1 , HS-ETS1