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K'Nex Turbine Challenge

The year is 2025 and you are the engineer of your town. The environment and renewable energy are very important issues, and you have been asked to create a brand new renewable energy source that will not harm the environment. You decide to build a wind turbine.

The turbine should have:

  • a strong base that will support the weight
  • a way of allowing people to get to the top to check the turbine for repairs and maintenance
  • it should be at least 30cm tall

Things to think about:

  • How strong is it if you apply extra weight? e.g. press your hand down
  • How can you make it  stronger?
  • What worked well and what could be improved?
  • Don’t be afraid to start again if your design isn’t working.