Wind Lift, Wind Turbine Activity

Experience the power of wind. Design and build a wind lift that can capture it. Wind lifts use energy from the wind to raise a bucket. Engineer it to lift a heavy load or raise the bucket with speed. Wind lifts make learning about wind power, energy, mechanical advantage, torque, work, and other scientific concepts fun and understandable. Grow your understanding with the wind lift lab and through experimentation. Follow the engineering design process to create your own unique wind lift.

Use found (recycling bin) materials to create the wind lift blades. Attach the blades to skewers (included) and mount them to the turbine hub. The hub holds 1 to 6 turbine blades, and allows you to adjust blade angles. Learn how the shape, number and angle of turbine blades affects output of your wind lift. You will have plenty of extra parts to try different designs. A real pick me up.

Wind Lift Educational Goals

  • Utilize the design and engineering process
  • Encourage creativity, critical thinking and problem solving
  • Learn about wind power, torque and simple machines
  • Apply the scientific method
  • Innovate (design, build and evolve your own unique Wind Lift)

Completing the

Wind Lift/ Wind Turbine

Activity with Ages 8 and Up

When working on this activity, start with the Build Guide, then move on to the Engineering Challenges.

MS Word or PDF - Which document format should you download? Always download the PDF document, unless you want to edit/change it. If you want to edit/change the document, download the MS Word (Microsoft Word) version.

     Build Guide     

Start by creating an example Wind Lift using the Build Guide. This will be a great design to get you started. You’ll start to create your own amazing designs during the engineering challenges.

     Engineering Challenge     

It’s time to redesign your example Turbine to compete in an engineering challenge. Use this challenge to solve design problems and improve your prototype.

  • Wind Lift Engineering Challenge: PDF or MS Word

     Optional Resources     

Other Helpful Documents ThumbnailDownload the Engineering Notebooks

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.

  • Engineering Notebook: PDF
  • Simple Engineering Notebook: PDF

Wind Lift Classroom Overview: PDF- or -MS Word-- For Classroom use, a brief overview of TeacherGeek documents, activity procedure, educational alignment standards, concepts, vocabulary, background information, and supplementary resources.

On the Web...

[powr-multi-slider label="lift"]

TeacherGeek Tools You'll Need

What tools will you need to do this activity?


Process Description

Recommended Tool 

Alternate Tool


Cutting dowels, strips, recycling bin items, etc.


Saw, Pruning Shears


Change splined holes in components from press fit (dowels press and stay) to loose fit (dowels are able to slide and rotate).


#3 Drill Bit and Drill


Tighten and loosen screws



Holding and Pulling

Hold nuts, pull apart components



Sets of tools can be found here.

Make your Wind Lift / Wind Turbine even better by incorporating recycling bin material.

Wind Lift Components

What's in the Wind Lift, Wind Turbine Activity?

Component: 10pk Quantity: Single Quantity:
Hole Plates 10 1
Perpendicular Blocks 50 5
Mini Hub Assembly 10 1
5/8" Screws 20 2
Hex Nuts 20 2
Dowels 40 4
Portion Cups 10 1
300mm Slide Stop 1 1/3 (100mm)
Steel Wire (4.5") 1 1
Skewer Sticks 100 10
Mini Hub Screws 10 1


This is an educational product and not a toy. It is intended for use by ages 9 and above with adult supervision.

Science, Math & Engineering Standards

TeacherGeek products fit proposals, grants or lesson plans with ease! Explore more resources below:

Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Standards Download - PDF
NGSS Standards Spreadsheet - Editable /Searchable Excel Sheet

International Technology & Engineering Educators' Association Standards
ITEEA Standards Download - PDF
ITEEA Standards Spreadsheet - Editable/Searchable Excel Sheet

Customer Reviews

No reviews yet Write a review