Wind Lift Activity
Wind Lift Activity
Wind Lift Activity
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Wind Lift Activity

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Design and build a wind lift to capture and experience the power of the wind! Wind lifts make learning about wind power, energy, mechanical advantage, torque, work, and other scientific concepts fun and understandable. In this activity, youth will engineer a wind turbine to life a heavy load or raise a bucket with speed. Youth will learn how the shape, number and angle of turbine blades affects the output of their wind lift. There will be plenty of extra parts to try different designs. A real pick me up.

This educational product pairs well with the Chapter 3 activity in The Power of the Wind Curriculum and is suitable for all ages, however youth 12 and under may require adult supervision.

Activity Documents

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Go Guide:
Go Guide:
PDF DOCX
Give it to your students and go! This is the essential document to get students started with the Wind Lift, and it culminates in the Heavy Lift Challenge.
Labs:
Energy Lab:
PDF DOCX
Explore the energy transformations that take place in your Wind Lift! Ages 9+.
Blade Angle Lab:
PDF DOCX
Investigate how blade angle affects your turbine! Ages 11+.
Blade Area Lab:
PDF DOCX
Investigate how the area of the blades affect's your turbine's performance! Ages 11+.
Challenges:
Go Guide:
PDF DOCX
Design your lift to raise the greatest weight, or lift a weight the fastest! See the Go Guide document for challenge instructions.
Engineering Notebook:
Simple Version
Full Version
Available at two different learning levels, Engineering Notebooks are designed to help students cycle through the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. We recommend keeping extra copies of this on-hand for kids during activities.
Other Resources:

 

STEAM Market-It Challenge:
PDF DOCX
Add the STEAM Market-It Challenge to any completed activity to teach students how to turn their design into a retail product. Students will learn the 4 'Ps' of marketing - Product, Placement, Price and Promotion. Students have the option of completing a commercial, a billboard or retail packaging as a summative assessment.
Engineering Notebooks:
Simple Version
Full Version
Available at two different learning levels, Engineering Notebooks are designed to help students cycle through the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. We recommend keeping extra copies of this on-hand for kids during activities.

Optional Tools

Make even more innovative Wind Lifts with these optional tools! The Reamer is included in this kit.

Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items,
etc.

Reamer

Ream teeth from
holes so dowels
spin freely.

Screw Driver

Drive screws
into holes.

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Slip Joint Pliers

Grab nuts, bend
wires, etc.

 

    Wind Lift Components

     

    What comes with Wind Lift?

    1x Reamer (tool not pictured)
    1x Hole Plate
    4x Perpendicular Blocks
    1x Slide Stop (7 cm)
    2x Nuts (#10)
    2x Screws (#10 25 mm)
    1x Mini Hub Screw
    1x Mini Hub Cover (green)
    1x Mini Hub Base (green)
    1x Portion Cup
    1x Wire (150 mm)
    1x String (450 mm)
    3x Chipboard (22 cm x 5 cm)
    10x Project Sticks (250 mm)
    2x Dowels (300 mm)
    1x Dowels (250 mm)
    1x Dowels (150 mm)

     

    This is an educational product and not a toy. It is intended for use by ages 6 and above with adult supervision.

      Science, Math & Engineering Standards

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      NGSS Standards Spreadsheet:
      PDF DOCX
      NGSS standards matrix for all activities.
      ITEEA Standards Spreadsheet:
      PDF DOCX
      ITEEA standards matrix for all activities.
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