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Wind Kit

Students learn about wind through reading and hands-on activities that focus on inquiry and observation. Students learn how wind is formed and used as an energy source. They will explore ways to measure wind speed and direction and investigate how wind works and generates electricity. Students are challenged to choose the optimum blades for a turbine by collecting and analyzing data from multimeters. The kit comes with an activity binder correlated to NGSS and Wisconsin State Science Standards. This kit is recommended for K-8 students but includes activities adaptable for older grades.

Please note that this kit does not include consumables. You must provide your own material for turbine blades (e.g. cardboard or balsa wood) and mini hot glue sticks.

This kit includes:

  • 1 Activity Binder
  • 5 Digital Wind Speed Meters
  • 5 Pinwheels
  • 1 Compass Teaching Kit with 12 Hand Compasses
  • 2 Digital Pocket Multimeters
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • 3 Blade Pitch Protractors
  • 12 Wind Turbine Hubs
  • 2 Mini Hot Glue Guns (glue sticks not included) and Extension Cord
  • Supercapacitor
  • Water Pump, Tube, and Graduated Cylinder
  • Fan Blade
  • 3 LEDs with Wires and 1 LED Board
  • 2 Dowel Glue Removers and 2 Rubber Mallets
  • Extra Motor Mounts, Bolts, Nuts
  • 2 KidWind Wind Turbines (blade materials not included)
  • Fiction and non-fiction books focused on wind energy
    • Wind by Erin Edison
    • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (picture book version) by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer
    • Energy Makes Things Happen by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
    • Catch the Wind by Mortenson Construction
    • Like a Windy Day by Frank Asch & Devin Asch
    • The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins
    • How Artists See THE WEATHER by Colleen Carroll
    • Common Ground – The Water, Earth, and Air We Share by Molly Bang
    • Feel the Wind by Arthur Dorros
    • 2 copies of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (young readers edition) by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, plus 5 copies of associated laminated readings
    • Wind Turbine Technicians on the Job by Clara MacCarald
    • Wind Power by Tracy Vonder Brink

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Heather Phelps

WCEE Resource Specialist

Contact Heather with any kit-related questions.