Wind Lift, Wind Turbine Activity

$7.98

Design and build a wind lift to capture and experience the power of the wind! Wind lifts make learning about wind power, energy, mechanical advantage, torque, work, and other scientific concepts fun and understandable. In this activity, kids will engineer a wind turbine to life a heavy load or raise a bucket with speed. Kids will learn how the shape, number and angle of turbine blades affects the output of their wind lift. There will be plenty of extra parts to try different designs. A real pick me up.

You need some tools for this activity pack.
The Reamer is included, but you must supply the Phillips-head Screwdriver.
Scroll down to "Things You'll Need" for more info.

Age Range

4
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7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
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18+

Customize this activity for the highlighted ages with tons of free labs and challenges!

This is an educational product and not a toy. Adult supervision is required.

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Go Guide:

Give it to your students and go! This is the essential document to get students started with the Wind Lift.

Go Guide:
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Start here! Build your lift, evolve your design, and begin an engineering challenge!

Labs:

Energy Lab:
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Explore the energy transformations that take place in your Wind Lift! Ages 9+.
Blade Angle Lab:
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Investigate how blade angle affects your Wind Lift! Ages 11+.
Blade Area Lab:
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Explore the energy transformations that take place in your Wind Lift! Ages 11+.

Challenges:

Design your lift to raise the greatest weight, or lift a weight the fastest! See the Go Guide document for challenge instructions.

Go Guide:
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Challenge instructions are included in this document.
Engineering Notebooks:
Simple Version
Full Version
Available at two different learning levels, TeacherGeek Engineering Notebooks are designed to help students cycle through the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. We recommend keeping extra copies of this on-hand for kids during activities.

Other Resources:

STEAM Market-It Challenge:
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Add the STEAM Market-It Challenge to any completed TeacherGeek activity to teach students how to turn their TeacherGeek design into a retail product. Students will learn the 4 'Ps' of marketing - Product, Placement, Price and Promotion. Students have the option of completing a commercial, a billboard or retail packaging as a summative assessment.
Engineering Notebooks:
Simple Version
Full Version
Available at two different learning levels, TeacherGeek Engineering Notebooks are designed to help students cycle through the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. We recommend keeping extra copies of this on-hand for kids during activities.

Things You'll Need

You're going to need some stuff, but don't sweat it! You probably have it already.

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TeacherGeek Tools

REQUIRED

Screw Driver

Drive screws into holes.

optional

Slip Joint Pliers

Grab nuts, bend
wires, etc.

optional

Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items, etc.

INCLUDED!

Reamer

Ream splines (teeth),
from holes so
dowels spin freely.

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • Fan (to create wind)
  • 100 Pennies (or jellybeans, nuts, etc. to use as weights)
  • Recycling Bin Materials (for more creative turbine blades)
  • Tape
You have a Maker Cart?
You're in the right tab!

You will need to pre-cut the dowels for this activity, or your kids can cut them (with adult supervision).

TeacherGeek Tools

REQUIRED

Screw Driver

Drive screws into holes.

optional

Slip Joint Pliers

Grab nuts, bend
wires, etc.

REQUIRED

Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items, etc.

REQUIRED

Reamer

Ream splines (teeth),
from holes so
dowels spin freely.

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • Fan (to create wind)
  • 100 Pennies (or use screws/nuts from your Maker Cart)
  • Recycling Bin Materials (for more creative turbine blades)
You have Bulk TeacherGeek Components?
You're in the right tab!

Make sure you have the right components - check the Go Guide (see above).

You will need to pre-cut the dowels for this activity, or your kids can cut them (with adult supervision).

TeacherGeek Tools

REQUIRED

Screw Driver

Drive screws into holes.

optional

Slip Joint Pliers

Grab nuts, bend
wires, etc.

REQUIRED

Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items, etc.

REQUIRED

Reamer

Ream splines (teeth),
from holes so
dowels spin freely.

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • Fan (to create wind)
  • 100 Pennies (or jellybeans, nuts, etc. to use as weights)
  • Recycling Bin Materials (for more creative turbine blades)
  • Tape

Science, Math & Engineering Standards

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NGSS Standards Spreadsheet:
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NGSS standards matrix for all TeacherGeek activities.
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ITEEA standards matrix for all TeacherGeek activities.

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