Wind Power Challenge

A renewable energy STEM challenge where pupils design and build a simple wind turbine

A practical challenge for pupils aged 7-19 focusing on renewable energy.  Pupils design and build a simple wind powered machine that can lift a cup off the floor.

The activity is accredited by the British Science Association as suitable to count towards a CREST SuperStar Discovery, Bronze or Silver Award . For more information about the scheme please go to the CREST area of our website 

The challenge can provide a focus for British Science Week ; be used as a STEM or science club activity;be used for transition;  form the basis of an enrichment day; provide an activity for SEAL and PLTS and be the starting point for a range of cross-curricular activities. 

Please request one of our full A2 posters or download one below

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Teacher's notes

Certificates - well done

Certificates - congratulations

Wind turbine sheet

Poster illustrating different designs of wind turbines used for different purposes

Renewable energy poster

To view a PowerPoint that shows students how wind power has transformed the lives of people living in Peru please go to our case study  page

Video showing the importance of renewable energy

Wind turbine exploding

Comment from B Ryan on TES connect

great - could be used in many contexts

Used today with year 9s study electricity and energy. They found the task challenging, really good links to SEAL with this activity.

Videos are very good, the wind turbine blowing up was really popular with the year 9 boys!

All in all, can be used to make a challenging and great skills based lesson.

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