Wind Power Project

The Wind Power toolkit is based on the National 4-H Curriculum, “The Power of the Wind.”  It is geared towards middle school students, but engineering and science activities can be adapted to be appropriate for high school or elementary students. Activities focus in the principles of engineering and have youth build and create models that explore the science behind wind power.

Are you excited about wind energy? If yes, there are opportunities to learn more about the current research on offshore wind power!

For Elementary through High School Aged youth who are excited about wind power, tours are available at the University of Maine. The Advanced Structures and Composites Center welcomes 4-H youth to campus for tours and hands-on wind power activities – create a floating wind platform and test it! To schedule a visit for your group, contact your UMaine Extension County Office, and they will work with campus staff to arrange a convenient time.

For Middle and High School Age Youth there’s an opportunity to join the Advanced Structures and Composites Center each spring for the WindStorm Challenge! Windstorm Challenge is a floating offshore wind invention competition free for all Maine middle school and high school-aged students. Youth work in teams of up to four and winning team members received a $20,000 internship at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Learn more and sign up on the Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge page.

Wind Power Project Kit Supply List

  • fifteen small styrofoam trays
  • sixty round pencils with erasers
  • thirty straws (sturdy straws)
  • fifteen straws (flexible)
  • forty-five paper clips
  • tape dispenser (Scotch tape)
  • six ½” tape rolls
  • forty-five straight pins
  • tape measures
  • box fan
  • scissors
  • seventy-five card stock or index cards
  • 15’ String (cotton or poly)
  • thirty small paper cups
  • fifteen LED (string of bulbs)
  • stop watch
  • wire stripper
  • fifteen aluminum pie plates
  • thirty small motors
  • fifteen leads (with alligator clips)
  • fifteen AA batteries
  • multimeter
  • fifteen corks (natural or synthetic)
  • a box
  • fifteen Curriculum, Youth Guide
  • one Curriculum, Facilitator

Other materials that you may need that are not necessarily provided for in the kits: 

  • markers/colored pencils
  • paper, various weights
  • paper plates
  • rubber bands
  • plastic beads
  • duct or masking tape
  • clay