Wind FUNdamentals: Using Wind to Do Work

Grade Level

  • K-3
boy and girl work on turbine

Build and test pinwheels and sailboats, and experiment with mechanical wind turbines

VEEP has designed an introductory unit with three lessons on wind energy for K–3 that incorporates engineering principles in engaging, hands-on lessons, using NGSS and Common Core as frameworks. This kit gives everything you need to run these lessons including having students build and test pinwheels, boat sails and windmill blades. These lessons celebrate the student as explorer, tinkerer and collaborator and they lay the foundation for deeper understandings of energy in higher grades.

What's in the kit

NGSS Standards Addressed

K-PS2-1 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions: Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.

K-PS2-2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions: Analyze data to determine if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object with a push or a pull.

K-2ETS1-1 Engineering Design: Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.

K-2ETS1-2 Engineering Design: Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.

K-2ETS1-3 Engineering Design: Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.

2-PS1-1 Matter and Its Interactions: Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.

2-PS1-2 Matter and Its Interactions: Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose.


$60 for both Wind and Sun FUNdamentals kits.