The wind power challenge

A renewable energy challenge that puts students' competitive spirits to the test...

This challenge is suitable for students aged from 7 to 16. Students are given minimal materials and asked to design a wind powered machine that can lift a weighted cup off the floor. Teachers' instruction sheets, related video clips and even certificates are available to download.

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This activity is accredited by the British Science Association as suitable to count towards a CREST Star Investigators SuperStar award. For more information about the scheme please visit their website 

For primary age students (7-11), this activity is lovely for project based work, linking ideas about science and technology with sustainability.
For lower secondary age students (11-14), its a good practical activity to support learning about energy transfers and energy resources.
For upper secondary age students (14-16), it provides a good vehicle for exploring energy transfers quantitatively.

 visit the practical action website to download the activity


Practical Action Schools produce FREE resources for primary and secondary teachers that help pupils understand and engage with global issues, focusing on the role of STEM and using examples from our organisation. Practical Action is an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.