Wind Works!

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Learners will build and experiment with their own windmills made from simple household materials. The program closes with a discussion on energy conservation and how our choices and actions can add up to make a difference.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Paper and markers for sources of energy list
  • Fans for wind tunnel stations
  • Pennies for testing windmills
  • Scale model of a wind turbine
  • Paper milk cartons
  • Skewers
  • Foam balls
  • Small paper cups
  • String
  • Craft sticks
  • Index cards
  • Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
    • Technology
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Potential and Kinetic Energy
      • Work and Machines
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
      • Rotation Motion
    • States of Matter
      • Gases
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and the Environment
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Model Building
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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Funding Source:

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services