Mini Wind Turbine Activity


Single SKU: 1823-12

10 Pack SKU: 1823-13

Create a turbine that will capture energy from the wind and convert it into electricity. Learn through inquiry and experimentation. Start by creating and testing an example. Then use what you learned, and lots of creativity, to turn the example wind turbine into your own unique design. It's going to be fantastic!

Found (recycling bin) materials are used to create the blades, and sometimes other parts of the turbine. Attach the blades to the included toothpicks and mount them to the turbine hub. The hub holds 1 to 6 turbine blades, and allows you to adjust their angles. Learn how the shape, number and angle of turbine blades affects electrical output of your wind turbine. You will have plenty of extra parts to try different designs.

Use a multimeter and alligator clip leads to measure the output of your wind turbine, and how different designs change the electrical output.

This activity is as much a favorite at kitchen tables as it is at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, universities, scout troops, camps, 4-H groups, alike. It's a wonderful activity for parents, or grandparents, and teachers to work on with their kids.

Mini Wind Turbine Activity Document Downloads

Build Guide

Lab Activity (optional)

Design & Engineering Challenge

Classroom Overview

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Mini Wind Turbine Videos

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TeacherGeek Tools You'll Need

What tools will you need to do this activity?

Process Description

Recommended Tool 

Alternate Tool

Cutting a wooden dowel


Saw, Pruning Shears, Etc.

Tighten a screw



Measure output voltage

Digital Multimeter

Connecting the multimeter to the wind turbine

Alligator Clip Leads


Sets of tools can be found here.

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


Mini Wind Turbine Components

What's in the Mini Wind Turbine Activity?

Component: 10pk Quantity: Single Quantity:
Dowels 20 3
5/8" Screws 10 1
Hex Nuts 10 1
Hole Plates 10 1
Perpendicular Blocks 20 2
Mini Hub Assembly 10 1
Motors 10 1
Mini Motor Mounts 10 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

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