Build Your Own Wind Turbine

Learn about wind energy and conduct your own science experiments.

Years: 5, 6

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 2

Subject: Science

Resource Overview

Winds power has been used as a source of renewable energy for centuries and all over the world people are investing in wind technology as one of the principal methods for us to generate electricity in the future.  
In this science lesson your class can learn all about wind; what wind it is, where it comes from and how we can use it to help us in our everyday lives!  Investigating wind energy in your local area, the children make their very own anemometer to measure wind speed and carry out a weather survey to find the windiest places in your school.  
Children can go on to learn how to make a model wind turbine to conduct an experiment to investigate the best and most efficient design.  Your class will complete an experience by gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data to answer their own scientific questions.

Photo © Chris Bahn at BCC 

Resource Assets


Weather Survey Lesson Plan


Build a Wind Turbine Lesson Plan


Wind Energy PowerPoint


How to make an Anemometer Instructions


How to Make a Wind Turbine Instructions


Measuring Wind Speed Results Page

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 5 (Age 9-10)
    • Identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces.
    • Recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.