Eco-Activity #163: Create your own wind turbine!

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Wind can do a lot of things; it can make our hair dance (making us look like movie stars), it can blow away our homework, but did you know that it’s also one of the fastest growing sources of electricity in the world and in Canada? 

That’s right! Energy from wind turbines accounted for 5.1% of electricity generation in Canada as of 2018. What makes wind so great? It’s sustainable and renewable! For today’s eco-activity, we’re going to create our very own wind-turbine out of paper. Print out your template and follow the steps below to get started! 

What you will need:

  • Scissors
  • Coloured pencils, markers, or crayons, 
  • A dress pin
  • A bead
  • An eraser 

Instructions:

  1. Print out your paper wind turbine template
  2. Cut out both the tower and the blades
  3. Decorate your tower and blades as you wish with coloured pencils, markers, or crayons 
  4. Fold the inside surface of the tower (the side that isn’t decorated) as indicated on the template
  5. Complete your tower
  6. Bend the blades slightly to create a tilt angle
  7. Place your dress pin through the centre of your blade, through a bead, through the top of your tower, and finally through an eraser to keep it all together
  8. Place your wind turbine somewhere with a breeze and watch it spin!

How awesome is your new windmill? Learn more about the power of the wind and other types of renewable energy here.

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