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KidWind Advanced Wind Experiment Kit

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Discover advanced aspects of wind turbine technology. Test different blade designs, gear ratios, generators, and devices to measure electrical and weightlifting power.

Description

Perform all of the same investigations as the Basic Wind Experiment Kit with the ability to generate more power at higher voltages ( 0.5 V–20 V). Discover advanced concepts of wind turbine technology, including gearboxes and generator construction (with the GenPack add-on). Students can use the blades they design to generate electricity, lift weights, and pump water. This kit is perfect for grades 7–12 and college. All you need to add is a wind source, basic tools, and imagination!

Classroom Pack

The classroom pack includes materials for eight groups of 2 to 4 students each. Each group independently assembles hubs and blade sets. To evaluate designs, students use one of three teacher-built “test stations” that include a tower, base, and generator. See full list below of what is included.

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Specifications

  • Height: 24 in
  • Maximum blade diameter: 36 in (27 in with provided materials)
  • Maximum number of blades: 12
  • Expected power output: 0–2 watts
  • Number of different gear ratios: 3
  • Table or floor space needed: 18 in diameter circle
View the KidWind Advanced Wind Experiment Kit user manual

Experiments and Lab Ideas

Activities

  • Design and compare turbine blades
  • Generate electricity
  • Measure power output
  • Lift weights
  • Light LEDs
  • Charge capacitors
  • Compare airfoils and flat blades
  • Explore gear ratios
  • Pump water
  • Build generators (with the GenPack add-on)

Concepts

  • Understanding clean energy
  • Exploring energy transformations
  • Understanding the relationship between energy and forces
  • Developing and using physical models
  • Differentiating between energy and power
  • Collecting data with advanced tools
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics to explain and understand data
  • Designing controlled experiments
  • Optimizing designs

Lessons, Tips, and Challenges

Download lessons, learn tips for building turbines, and check out the KidWind Challenges.

Go to KidWind.org

What’s Included

Advanced Wind Experiment Kit

  • Gear Set with Spool (1)
  • Wind Turbine Generator with Wires (1)
  • High Torque Generator with Wires (1)
  • Motor Mount Pack (2)
  • Wind Turbine Hub (1)
  • Power Output Board (1)
  • Main Body Half (2)
  • Tower Base Leg (3)
  • Tower Base Locking Ring (1)
  • Tower Base Hub (1)
  • Plastic Weightlifter Bucket (1)
  • 250 ml Graduated Cylinder (1)
  • Blade Pitch Protractor (1)
  • 20″ Tower (1)
  • 1/2″ Washer (25)
  • Small Water Pump (1)
  • 12″ x 1/4″ Clear Tubing (1)
  • 8″ Hex Shaft with Hub Quick Connect (1)
  • 1/4″ x 5″ Dowels* (25)
  • Power Output Pack* (1)
  • 3″ x 12″ x 3/32″ Balsa Wood Sheet* (5)
  • 3″ x 12″ Chipboard Blade Sheet* (10)
  • 4′ String* (1)

Classroom Pack

  • Gear Set with Spool (3)
  • Wind Turbine Generator with Wires (3)
  • High Torque Generator with Wires (3)
  • Motor Mount Pack (4)
  • Wind Turbine Hub (8)
  • Power Output Board (1)
  • Main Body Half (6)
  • Tower Base Leg (9)
  • Tower Base Locking Ring (3)
  • Tower Base Hub (3)
  • Plastic Weightlifter Bucket (3)
  • 250 ml Graduated Cylinder (1)
  • Blade Pitch Protractor (3)
  • 20″ Tower (3)
  • 1/2″ Washer (75)
  • Small Water Pump (1)
  • 12″ x 1/4″ Clear Tubing (1)
  • 8″ Hex Shaft with Hub Quick Connect (3)
  • 1/4″ x 5″ Dowels* (150)
  • Power Output Pack* (3)
  • 3″ x 12″ x 3/32″ Balsa Wood Sheet* (25)
  • 3″ x 12″ Chipboard Blade Sheet* (50)
  • 4′ String* (3)
  • 8 1/2″ x 11″ Chipboard Sheet* (25)

* This part is a consumable and is excluded from the warranty.

Note: The Advanced Wind Experiment Kit and Classroom Pack do not include basic tools (glue, scissors, screwdriver, etc.) or a multimeter. You can measure current and voltage from the turbines using a Vernier Energy Sensor, a load such as the Vernier Variable Load or Resistor Board, and an interface.

Ordering Information

All prices are for U.S. educators.

NameOrder CodePriceQuantity
KidWind Advanced Wind Experiment KitKW-AWXKidWind SKU: A0012$149
KidWind Advanced Wind Experiment Kit (Classroom Pack)KW-AWXCKidWind SKU: A0015$379
Optional Accessories
Drivetrain SetKW-DS$8
GENPackKW-GP$44
Go Direct® Energy SensorGDX-NRG$89
KidWind Gear SetKW-GEAR$9
Vernier Energy SensorVES-BTA$79
Vernier Resistor BoardVES-RB$18
Vernier Variable LoadVES-VL$59

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