Wind Power Challenge

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

Suitable for KS2 - 4, this renewable energy, wind power challenge puts students' competitive spirits to the test.

Students are given minimal materials and asked to design a wind powered machine that can lift a weighted cup off the floor. Teachers instruction sheets, related video clips and even certificates are provided.

Crest star logoThis activity is accredited by the British Science Association as suitable to count towards a CREST Star Investigators SuperStar award. For more information about the scheme please visit their website 


Older students may like to see the technical brief on wind power , now easy  to download from the schools technical brief area of our website.

Teacher instruction sheet

Information for teachers on how to run the challenge and all the resources required

Certificates - well done

Certificates - congratulations

Wind turbine poster

Poster illustrating different designs of wind turbines used for different purposes

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

Wind Power Challenge - Welsh

Activity notes - Welsh Teachers notes to support the wind power challenge Download (876KB) Wind turbine poster - Welsh A poster showing different designs of wind turbines for students to help with their own design ...

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Video: renewable energy in Sri Lanka
This short film shows how a people-centred approach to technology provides energy access in Sri Lanka.

This video can also be downloaded in WMV format:
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Watch more of Practical Action's energy work on video.

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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