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.
This 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 http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/creststar
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
Video: renewable energy in Sri Lanka
This short film shows how a people-centred approach to technology provides energy access in Sri Lanka.
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.