Wind Pump 2.0

$26.38

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The whole class is at the edge of their seats – staring – as turbine blades tremble, gain speed, and start to whirl! Gears are spinning faster and faster as the cylinder pulls in water, then pushes it out. It’s working – you’re pumping water! You try different blade designs, gear ratios, isolate variables, and raid the recycle bin for blade materials. With each new design, your understanding grows. Challenges and optional labs push your designs to new heights. Get pumped for alternative energy with the Wind Pump!

This updated (2.0) version of the original TeacherGeek Wind Pump has been revamped to encourage kids to make even more innovative designs. The original version is discontinued, but you can find the original documents here.


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Age Range

4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
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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Documents

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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 Pump, and it culminates in the Steady Wind Challenge.

Go Guide:
PDF | DOCX
Start here! Build your Wind Pump, evolve your design, and begin an engineering challenge!

Labs:

Energy & Power Lab:
PDF | DOCX
How powerful is your pump, and how does it transform energy? Answer these questions, and more, in this optional lab. Ages 14+.

Challenges:

Steady Wind Challenge | Variable Wind Challenge | Elevation Challenge | Environmental Challenge
These challenges are embedded right in the Go Guide! You don't need to download any extra documents.
Engineering Notebook:
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:

 

STEM Rubric:
PDF | DOCX
Use the STEM Rubric to assess any TeacherGeek project.
STEAM Market-It Challenge:
PDF | DOCX
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

 

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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 provide wind)
  • 2 Cups & Water (You'll pump water from one cup to the other)
  • Scissors (To cut Slide Stop)
  • Duct Tape
  • Stopwatch
  • Recycling Bin Materials (What can you use for turbine blades?)
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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.

REQUIRED!

Reamer

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

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • Fan (To provide wind)
  • 2 Cups & Water (You'll pump water from one cup to the other)
  • Scissors (To cut Slide Stop)
  • Duct Tape
  • Stopwatch
  • Recycling Bin Materials (What can you use for 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.

REQUIRED!

Reamer

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

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • Fan (To provide wind)
  • 2 Cups & Water (You'll pump water from one cup to the other)
  • Scissors (To cut Slide Stop)
  • Duct Tape
  • Stopwatch
  • Recycling Bin Materials (What can you use for turbine blades?)

Activity Pack Components

What comes with the Wind Pump?

The table shows what comes in each single kit. To see what comes in a 10-pack, just multiply by 10.
Component Quantity
Hole Plate 2
Perpendicular Block 1
Mixed Gear 1 set
4.5ml Project Cylinder 1
Vinyl Tubing - 60 cm (24 in) 2
Barbed T-Connector 1
Check Valve 2
Mini Hub Assembly (Green) 1
Large Bamboo Project Stick 10
Chip Board - 22 cm x 5 cm (8.5 in x 2 in) 6
#10 Washer 1
Slide Stop - 8 cm (3 in) 1
Dowel - 15 cm (6 in) 2
Dowel - 13 cm (5 in) 1
Dowel - 10 cm (4 in) 4
Dowel - 8 cm (3 in) 4
Dowel - 5 cm (2 in) 1
Reamer 1

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