Let's Find Out: How to make a mini wind turbine

2023-04-18 15:47:23 By : Ms. Esse Zhao

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Let's Find Out, the science show from RTÉjr, has another great experiment for you to try. Wind Turbine Power Generator

Let's Find Out: How to make a mini wind turbine

The show is made with our friends at Science Foundation Ireland and is hosted by scientists Mark and Amy who are on board the spaceship Curiosity - captained by a furry named Zoom!

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Zoom loves wind but she wants to know how you can "catch the wind" to make energy. So Daire and Siofra show Zoom how a mini turbine can make enough electricity to power a light.

You can download the lesson plan here...

Make sure you have adult supervision carrying out any science experiment!

Does the LED light come on?

If the LED Light doesn’t come on you may need to modify the blades on the wind wheel, this time fold the left hand corners down.

Now try it again. Does it work this time?

Once you get this working you can make your own blades from the coloured card provided. You can make them bigger or smaller or different shapes. Use the pen, ruler and scissors to make help make your wind wheels.

These fireflies use wind power to generate electricity that powers the LED light bulb. You can provide the wind power from a hair dryer or fan.

With enough wind power, and just the right shape of blade, the wind wheel starts turning really fast. This turning turns a rod inside the generator and this movement is converted into electrical power inside the generator, which is used to light the light bulb.

*NOTE: If you can’t get enough rotation from your wind source, see if you can try another one or change the wind wheel.

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Let's Find Out: How to make a mini wind turbine

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