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Power of Wind

Learn about the wind and its uses. Work with members of a team to design, create, build, and test wind powered devices and explore wind as a potential energy source in the community. Start with pinwheels and work your way up to understanding turbines and power distribution across the country.

boy and girl connecting model wind turbine


National Youth Science Day

4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) is the world's largest youth-led science experiment, where thousands of youth take part in the National Science Challenge every year.

Wired for Wind

In October of 2011, millions of young people across the nation became scientists for the day when they took part in the fourth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment, Wired for Wind.

Wired for Wind youth scientists explored how to engineer renewable energy technologies, and the positive impact that they can have in communities across the country and the world. Developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension program, this experiment engages young people in design, build out and testing of two different wind turbine models.

What you can do

All levels: Power of the Wind Youth Guide

Learn about the wind and its uses, observe and measure the wind. Design and build a wind turbine that can lift a load and create electricity.

For adult leaders

Power of the Wind Facilitator's Guide

Power of Wind activities

A series of directed activities that engage youth in exploring wind energy with the support of the Power of Wind curridulum.

Instructional videos for facilitators (for all activities)

Record keeping & evaluation


New to 4-H? Gget involved with the Power of Wind project!

Darcy Cole, program coordinator,

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