As the Rotor Turns: Wind Power and You

In this hands-on engineering activity, students will build a tabletop wind turbine. Students get acquainted with the basics of wind energy and power production by fabricating and testing various blade designs for table-top windmills constructed from one-inch PVC pipe and balsa wood (or recycled materials). The activity includes lots of good media and Web resources supporting the science content.

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WGBH Educational Foundation
Activity takes about three to four 50-minute class periods. Additional materials necessary.

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Educator will either have to purchase the windmill kit (min $30 per turbine) or gather or purchase the materials (PVC piping, balsa wood, recycled materials).

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