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Building the Basic PVC Wind Turbine

Lesson Description:
This plan shows how to make a rugged and inexpensive classroom wind turbine that can be used for lab bench-based blade design experiments. While a few specialized parts are needed (a hub and DC motor), the rest of the components are easily found at most hardware stores.
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment
  • Group Work
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Other

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge

Time Needed:
1-2 class periods
Standards Addressed:
  •  National standards: 5-8:
    • int-a: 2.a. Different kinds of questions require different kinds of scientific investigations, including observing and describing, collecting, experimentation, research, discovery, and making models.
    • int-e: 1.a. Identify appropriate problems for technological design.
    • int-e: 1.b. Design a solution or product.
    • int-e: 1.c. Implement a proposed design.
    • int-e: 1.d. Evaluate completed technological designs or products.
    • int-e: 1.e. Communicate the process of technological design.

Materials Needed:
  • Six 6” PVC pipe
  • One 3” PVC pipe
  • One 24” PVC pipe
  • Five 1” 90° pipe fittings
  • One 1” PVC coupler
  • Download the attached document for the complete list

School or Group:
The Kidwind Project
Contact Email:
Located in: Science | Math

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