Source Institutions

Source Institutions

Add to list Go to activity
In this physics activity (page 8-9 of the PDF), learners will explore wind energy. They will build their own windmill and see how energy from wind can be converted into a useable form. Though this activity was created as a pre-visit for a traveling science show, it makes a great stand-alone activity as well!

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Construction paper
  • Small shoebox
  • 4 ft string
  • Electric fan
  • Tape
  • Plastic straw (longer than width of the box)
  • Paper clips


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Potential and Kinetic Energy
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and the Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • COSI on Wheels Teacher Packs


  • All rights reserved, COSI Columbus, 2009