Students, teachers, and hobbyists love using these turbines to learn and teach about wind energy science and technology.
Step 1: Wind Turbine Basics
To learn more about wind energy, head to the KidWind website
This instructable will help you learn about wind turbines through a hands-on project.
Before we get started, run your mouse over the highlighted boxes on the picture of the turbine. This will help you understand the basic anatomy of a wind turbine.
Step 2: Materials Needed
5X - 1" PVC 90 Degree Fittings
3X - 1" PVC T Fitting
1X - 1" PVC Coupler
6X - 6" Lengths of 1" PVC Pipe
1X - 24" Length of 1" PVC Pipe
1X - 2" Length of 1" PVC Pipe
2X - Alligator Clips
At least 3X - 15-18" Sheets of balsa wood (You can also use pie plates, index cards, or paper plates)
Special Parts (might want to check out KidWind website for these)
1X - Wind Turbine Generator (Small DC motor...many DC motors at hobby shops and hardware stores do not work well for generating measurable voltage at low RPMs)
4ft - 22 Gauge Hook Up Wire
1X - Crimping Hub (this is a special part sold by KidWind, but you can also use a tinker toy hub.)
At least 6X - 1/4' Diameter Poplar Dowels
Tools and Extra Materials Needed
To test the power of your wind turbine, consider:
Christmas LED Bulbs
You will need a fan or a wind source to make your wind turbine run. Head here for fan recommendations.