Windmill Building STEM Activity

Rated 4.9 out of 5, based on 102 reviews
102 Ratings
Sarah's STEM stuff
Grade Levels
4th - 8th, Homeschool
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22 pages
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What educators are saying

This was a great addition to my Science unit on Renewable Energy. Thank you for making this resource, very detailed.
We are using this stem resources along with our engineering and design of a wind mill. This is excellent.


Get your students engaged with this hands on STEM Activity! Your students will be creative thinkers as they build windmills to harness the wind and investigate alternative energy sources. These activity is PERFECT for use in your classroom or a STEM open house!

❤️ You will LOVE using this Windmill STEM activity because it is so SIMPLE! The bases are reusable from class to class and the students focus on building the blades.

Students follow the engineering design process to design, build, and test their windmills. Students test their windmill to see how much mass it can lift. Students will learn about wind energy and the history of windmills as they build - great to accompany the book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

What's Included?

- Detailed Teacher directions for running the activity

- Student worksheets to guide students through the engineering design process

- Reading passages about the history of windmills and wind turbines

- Sample projects and windmill ideas

- Extension Activities to test variables and apply the activity to the physics principles of work and power.

What are teachers saying about this Windmill STEM?

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "This was hands-down the best purchase I made on TPT! We tried making windmills with scrap materials, but sometimes the students left feeling disappointed and discouraged. I was looking for a more effective way of teaching windmill design. This was focused on just designing the blades on pool noodles. The way to test for energy output was raising a binder clip. The students were SO excited when it worked and were MOTIVATED to keep trying new designs to make it spin faster. Love this resource and Thank YOU!" - Diane D.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "My 8th graders LOVED this. They looked forward to working on it each day, even asking to come in during study hall, before/after school, etc. They pushed themselves by challenging themselves and other groups. I know they'd say it was a highlight of their year." - Sassy4Science

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Love how detailed this resource is! It really takes the guess work out of STEM!" - Ms Deans Kiddos


Want similar products? Check out these STEM Challenges that use the Engineering Design process:

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Total Pages
22 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 hours
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