Power for the World

Working in teams pupils explore issues around renewable energy in the developing world and build their own wind turbines.

Years: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Duration: 90mins

Curriculum Objectives: 7

Subjects: D&T, Science


Resource Overview

The Power for the World Activity was originally designed to be delivered by university engineering students from Engineers Without Borders-UK as a schools outreach activity but has since been amended so teachers can deliver directly without additional support They are designed for both primary and secondary students and are suited to a 60 or 90 minute session, but could be extended.  

A perfect activity for a science or STEM club. 

Thank you to Practical Action for allowing us to share this resource.


Resource Assets

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Power for the world teacher's pack secondary

Everything required to teach this inspirational lesson to secondary aged students..

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Power for the world PowerPoint secondary

Introduce secondary aged students to their challenge.

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Power for the world congratulations certificate

Celebrate successes with these downloadable certificates

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Energy from the wind - technical brief

Technical information in this document is used by engineers in the developing world to help them build wind turbines.

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Power for the world teacher's pack primary

Everything required to teach this inspirational lesson to primary aged students.

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Power for the world PowerPoint primary

Introduce primary aged students to their challenge.

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Power for the world well done certificate

Give recognition to success.

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Case study - Renewable energy in Kenya

A case study of a micro hydro project in Kenya, describing how a local community worked together to get access to electricity


Curriculum Objectives

  • Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Identify common appliances that run on electricity.
  • Key Stage 2 (Age 7-11)
    • Key Stage 2 (Age 7-11)
      • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
        • Year 3 (Age 7-8)
          • Use straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings