Wind Lift, Wind Turbine Activity


Single SKU: 1823-14

10 Pack SKU: 1823-15

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)

Wind Lift Activity Document Downloads

Engineer a Wind Lift that can lift the most weight or lift the fastest. You can do this activity on your own through the "Out of Classroom" Build Guide document download. Optional supplementary documents for "In Classroom" use include Labs and Classroom Overviews. No matter how you start this activity, design and build your own Wind Lift to compete in Wind Lift Engineering Challenges.

All documents are available for free download, courtesy of TeacherGeek. 

Get Started with the Build Guide

Start by building the example Wind Lift. Then, learn about potential and kinetic energy and how blade pitch and area effect the Wind Lift by completing the optional Wind Lift Labs.

Build Guide - PDF
Build Guide - Editable Word Document


Design, build, test and evolve different blade configurations during these engineering challenges. Experiment with things like blade shape, material and area.

Wind Lift Engineering Challenges - PDF
Wind Lift Engineering Challenges - Editable Word Document


Download the Classroom Overview

Targeted for classroom use, a brief overview about the TeacherGeek Wind Lift documents, activity procedure, educational alignment standards, concepts, vocabulary, background information, and supplementary resources. Includes hyperlinks to document downloads.

Classroom Overview - PDF
Classroom Overview - Editable Word Document


Electromagnet For Fun Build Guide

Download the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebook

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.

Simple Engineering Notebook - PDF
Engineering Notebook - PDF



Check Out These Other Resources:

Printable Ruler 
See how your Wind Lift measures up

Types of Wind Turbines
 Helpful handout to explain the different types of wind turbines

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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 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

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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

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