Lesson Focus

Lesson focuses on how wind energy can be generated on both a large and small scale. Student teams design and build a working windmill out of everyday products and learn about anemometer and site testing. Student windmills must be able to sustain the wind generated by a fan or hairdryer at medium speed at 2 feet and rotate, lifting a small object upward. Students evaluate the effectiveness of their windmill and those of other teams, and present their findings to the class.


Full Lesson Plan
Student Worksheets

Translated Lessons:

Age Levels:

8 – 18


  • Learn about wind energy and wind turbines.
  • Learn about engineering design.
  • Learn how engineering can help solve society’s challenges
  • Learn about teamwork and problem solving.

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:

  • wind energy
  • interaction of technology and societal issues
  • engineering design
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

Students explore the impact of how technology can positively impact the world by learning about wind energy and equipment used for both site testing and the conversion of wind to energy. Students explore the technology behind wind energy, find out about site studies, and work in teams to develop a windmill out of everyday items. They test their windmill, evaluate their own designs and those of other students, and present their findings to the class.


  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheet (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.

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