Wind Turbine Science Kit
Find out about the power of the wind by building your own wind turbine! Learn about renewable energy, motors and generators, and electrical circuits in a fun, hands-on way. This kit includes instructions to do seven experiments, as well as an explanation of how a wind turbine works. Watch a motor spin or an LED light up with the wind’s power, see how a super capacitor can store energy from the wind like a battery, and design and test your own wind turbine blades using the materials in this kit. This kit is best used indoors, using a fan to simulate wind. You will need a standing or box fan that has multiple power settings. Ages 12 & up.
The materials in this wind turbine kit provide an opportunity for extensive design, testing, and analysis if your students are so inclined. For example, the digital multimeter allows you to measure the voltage and amperage and calculate the power output of each wind turbine blade design. A second motor, a super capacity and three LED lamps provide for extended experimentation with series and parallel electrical circuits and power storage.
Want to use this kit for a science fair project? See our experiment ideas below to get you started.
- Wind turbine frame (stands approximately 14” tall), made of wooden base and PVC pipe
- Digital multimeter (to test voltage and amperage)
- 2 DC (direct current) electric motors/generators
- 2 plastic propellers – push a propeller onto the top of each motor
- 4 wire leads with alligator clips
- Super capacitor (to store electrical energy)
- 3 light-emitting diodes (red, green, and yellow)
- 2 styrofoam trays to make turbine blades
- 4 blade patterns
Science Fair Project Ideas:
- How much wind energy can you store using the capacitor included in the
kit? Measure the volts and amps using the multimeter.
- Test how much power your turbine can produce while outside on a windy
day. Is it enough to light up an LED?
- Try an renewable energy project by connecting a solar cell in series
or parallel circuit with the wind turbine. How much power can be
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- Saturday, November 02, 2013Wind TurbineReviewed By: Tammy
Motor would not produce enough power to light the bulb unless we held it super close to the fan. The wood base split in half when we inserted the PVC pipe. We hardly put any pressure on it at all and it just broke in half. The instructions on how to assemble were not always clear and the styrofoam for the blades was constantly breaking. We got the job done, but parts were really cheap.
- Wednesday, August 07, 2013Great Kit!Reviewed By: Michele
I bought 9 of these kits for use in my 8th grade science classes. The students loved them! There are so many ways to experiment--trying to get the bulbs to light, putting the generators (motors) in series or running them parallel, making blades that require less wind (they still spin and generate electricity when far away from the fan), or trying to make blades that spin faster than the provided plastic ones. A few plastic propellers broke after numerous uses due to enthusiastic students pulling them on and off to try their home-made blades, but I was able to easily replace them since they are sold separately as well. I am buying another kit for my son to use at home!
- Saturday, April 20, 2013Good scinece fair projectReviewed By: Ryan
It was a good project for my scince fair. Works great but really does not tell the correct voltage.Overall good kit.
- Sunday, February 12, 2012does not put off electricity Reviewed By: Carson lee
This kit is a good product but the motor does not give off any electricity until you get a fan that could blow it over and you like have too hold the motor in place to even try to make it work.
- Saturday, December 17, 2011General InstructionsReviewed By: Anthony Mallotto
I purchased this kit for a 13 yr old for an upcoming project. He knows nothing about elec. or mechanics, therefore I was hoping that the kit would have clear and helpful instructions. It does not ! The kit should have at least had basic assembly drawings and why and how to assemble. A drawing would have helped the youngster to complete his project easier had there been step by step drawings or plans and why each step is important to the success of the whole.