Mini Wind Turbine Activity

$6.00

Single SKU: 1823-12

10 Pack SKU: 1823-13

Design a turbine to harness the power of the wind and convert it into electricity. This STEM | STEAM | Maker project is truly green engineering. 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.

Use a multimeter and alligator clip leads to measure the electrical output of your wind turbine.

This activity is a favorite for kitchen table innovation, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, universities, scout troops, camps, 4-H groups, and maker spaces. It's a wonderful activity for parents, grandparents or teachers to work on with their kids.

Mini Wind Turbine Activity Document Downloads

 Get Started with the Build Guide

Completing the

Mini Wind Turbine Activity

with Ages 6-11

For ages 12 and up, click here

If you are working with ages 6-11, you can choose how to complete the Mini Wind Turbine Activity.

  • Choice #1 Without Labs: Go straight from the Build Guide to the Engineering Challenge, skipping the Optional Lab. This option works well when you’re doing the activity outside of a classroom, in a Makerspace, as a self-directed activity, or just for fun.
  • Choice #2 With Labs: Start with the Build Guide. After the build, an Optional Lab is available to learn more about rotors and the effect on turbine output voltage. Once finished, move on to improve your design in the Engineering Challenge. This option works well when you want to teach this activity to a class or during a class visit to a Makerspace.

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 building the mini wind turbine 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.

     Optional Lab     

  • Mini Wind Turbine Lab: PDF or MS Word-- Your Mini Wind Turbine is built. Explore how changing the blade configurations will affect your turbine output. (Suggested Grade Levels: 4-5)

     Engineering Challenge     

  • Design & Engineering Challenge: : PDF or MS Word -- It’s time to take what you know about Mini Wind Turbines and take it to the next level. Create a turbine with the greatest output in this Engineering Challenge.

Completing the

Mini Wind Turbine Activity

with Ages 12 and Up

For ages 6-11, click here

If you are working with ages 6-11, you can choose how to complete the Mini Wind Turbine Activity.

  • Choice #1 Without Labs: Go straight from the Build Guide to the Engineering Challenge, skipping the Optional Lab. This option works well when you’re doing the activity outside of a classroom, in a Makerspace, as a self-directed activity, or just for fun.
  • Choice #2 With Labs: Start with the Build Guide. After the build, an Optional Lab is available to learn more about rotors and the effect on turbine output voltage. Once finished, move on to improve your design in the Engineering Challenge. This option works well when you want to teach this activity to a class or during a class visit to a Makerspace.

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 building the mini wind turbine 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.

     Optional Lab     

  • Mini Wind Turbine Lab: PDF or MS Word-- Your Mini Wind Turbine is built. Explore how changing the blade configurations will affect your turbine output. (Suggested Grade Levels: 4-5)

     Engineering Challenge     

  • Design & Engineering Challenge: : PDF or MS Word -- It’s time to take what you know about Mini Wind Turbines and take it to the next level. Create a turbine with the greatest output in this Engineering Challenge.

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

Multi-Cutter

Saw, Pruning Shears, Etc.

Tighten a screw

Screwdriver

None

Measure output voltage

Digital Multimeter

None
Connecting the multimeter to the wind turbine

Alligator Clip Leads

Wire

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. 

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