Abby’s Blog: Being a Kid, Building a Wind Turbine

My mom found this cool website called KidWind.org and they had a whole “How-to” build a wind turbine for a classroom or science project, and I thought it was cool. I thought I’d share, cause everyone should know how.

Before building a wind turbine for a project, we recommend that you have a working knowledge of wind energy concepts, so that when you test your turbine, you have a basic idea of which variables to test. Please take a look at our “learn about wind” section. This section has tons of information on wind turbine design, blade design, electricity and power output, wind meteorology, and much more.

Building your own wind turbine from scratch is not a simple task! You first need to make a list of the parts and materials that go into making a wind turbine. We have compiled this list to help you get started. Many of these materials are available at the Kidwind shop, but creative, unique designs are always encouraged!

Electrical Materials: You might need to do some basic soldering to connect wires to motors. The multimeters and alligator clips are used to hook up the measuring devices. Understanding the electrical output can be confusing, but you can learn more about it here >>.

Building Materials: This list depends on what types of windmills you are going to build. If you are all going to build similar models then you can keep it simple. If you are looking for lots of variability then you can open things up.

  • A Hub to attach your blades to your generator
  • Balsa wood, PVC pipe and fittings, dowels, plastic cardboard, fabric, building “junk”
  • Gears, pulleys, tinker toys, k’nex, legos
  • Construction tools hammers, small saws, scissors, exacto knifes, glue guns, PVC cutters
  • Safety goggles

Other testing materials: (not required but sure are neat!)

Don’t forget that you can find most of these materials in the KidWind Shop. Check out the Science Fair Kit and the Gears and Motors Kit if you want the basic materials to build your own turbine.

posted by Abby, age 6 1/2

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