Mini Wind Turbine Activity

$6.98

Design a turbine to harness the power of the wind and convert it into electricity. Start with your example build, testing through inquiry and experimentation. Then, iterate new designs and additions to transform the wind turbine into your own unique design.

Create the blades utilizing recycling bin materials. Adjust the angle, pitch and amount of blades to observe the electrical output of your wind turbine. We included plenty of extra components to try different designs.

You need a Phillips-head Screwdriver for this activity pack.
Scroll down to "Things You'll Need" for more info.

A Multimeter is necessary for testing.
Get the Mini Wind Turbine Test Kit for best results.
Scroll down to "Things You'll Need" for more info.
This is an educational product and not a toy. It is intended for use by ages 6 and above with adult supervision.

Activity Documents

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Go Guide:

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

Go Guide:
PDF DOCX
Start here, build your Turbine, and start the Voltage Challenge!

Labs:

Blade Design Lab:
PDF DOCX
Create an experiment to investigate the variables that affect turbine blade design, then use the results to build a better wind turbine! Ages 8+.

Challenges:

Design your turbine to generate the greatest voltage, turn into the wind, or be more environmentally friendly! See the Go Guide documents for challenge instructions.

Go Guide:
PDF DOCX
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.

Click a tab below to choose how you will complete this activity - that determines what you'll need.

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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.

optional

Reamer

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

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • Fan (to create wind)
  • Digital Multimeter (to measure generator voltage)
  • 4x Alligator Clip Leads (optional - to make connecting the meter easier)
  • 2.7 Ohm Resitor (optional - to smooth voltage data)
  • Tape
  • Recycling Bin Materials (for more creative turbine blades)
  • Scissors

Get the Multimeter, Alligator Clip Leads, and Resistors in the Mini Wind Turbine Test Kit!

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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.

optional

Reamer

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

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • Fan (to create wind)
  • 2.7 Ohm Resitor (optional - to smooth voltage data)
  • Tape
  • Recycling Bin Materials (for more creative turbine blades)
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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.

optional

Reamer

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

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • Fan (to create wind)
  • Digital Multimeter (to measure generator voltage)
  • 4x Alligator Clip Leads (optional - to make connecting the meter easier)
  • 2.7 Ohm Resitor (optional - to smooth voltage data)
  • Tape
  • Recycling Bin Materials (for more creative turbine blades)
  • Scissors

Science, Math & Engineering Standards

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NGSS Standards Spreadsheet:
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