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In 19th century the first Windmill was based on the American wind machine. And the good thing is that constructing a Windmill is not a laborious work, as you can design and construct a Windmill using household things. The Windmill constructed here can generate enough current to light up a small light bulb .

We have divided the process into two main steps

  1. Making the Windmill
  2. Generating electricity from the Windmill

You can just follow the steps below for making your very own windmill

Windmill

(Image source :Robinson Cartagena Lopez/Demand Media)

 

Making the Windmill

Things You Need:

 

  • 1 bag of wooden craft sticks
  • 1 tube of wood gum
  • Pringles Box
  • 1 large nail, 8cm or longer
  • 1 large wooden craft circle/cardboard circle
  • Glue gun
  • Small fan to form wind
  • Four small ceramic block magnets
  • Magnet wire
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Miniature light bulb

 

Step 1

 Glue and Wooden Craft Sticks

(Image source :Robinson Cartagena Lopez/Demand Media)

 

The first step starts with forming the base of the Windmill by pasting 10 wooden craft sticks side by side to each other .

Then you have to again glue 10 wooden craft sticks side by side. Now, paste the two bases on the top separately in inverse direction to make a two layered base.

 

Step 2

Fixing the Windmill (Image source :Robinson Cartagena Lopez/Demand Media)

 

The second step includes forming the tower of the wind mill by pasting the base of Pringles box to the centre most of the base using wood glue.But,just ensure the paper towel roll is firmly pasted down by adding coats of glue around the edges of the base of the paper towel roll.

 

 

Step 3

Setting up the Pringles Box

(Image source :Robinson Cartagena Lopez/Demand Media)

Push the nail through the upper part of the pringles box by leaving an inch of distance between the upper part of towel and the nail.To make it easier twist the nail several times to make a hole which will allow the wind mill to really spin.*( This should be under guidance of the parents as It may hurt the child accidentally)

 

 

Step 4

 Creating the Fan of Windmill (Image source :Robinson Cartagena Lopez/Demand Media)

Paste a large circle to the head of the nail by using a glue gun.

 

Step 5

 Fan of Windmill(Image source :Robinson Cartagena Lopez/Demand Media)

Paste the six wooden crafts sticks sticks behind the wooden circle separated evenly apart thereby creating the fan blades.

 

Step 6

Checking Windmill Function  (Image source :Robinson Cartagena Lopez/Demand Media)

 

Check the spinning capability of the windmill by pointing a fan towards it.

 

 

 

Generating Electricity

 

Step1

Fixing the Magnets(Image source :Robinson Cartagena Lopez/Demand Media)

Stick the two magnets to each side of the nail inside the paper towel tube. Cover the total roll of magnet wire over the top of the paper towel tube, margin the nail hole without covering it up. Tape the magnet wire leaving both ends loose by around three inches.

 

Step 2

Setting up wires(Image source :Robinson Cartagena Lopez/Demand Media)

Cut the plastic covering of the two ends of the wire by at least one inch. Make sure all the covering is cut off, exposing the copper colored wire.

 

Step 3

Attaching the bulb(Image source :Robinson Cartagena Lopez/Demand Media)

 

Twist the end ends of magnet wire around each end of the light bulb wire firmly.

 

Step 4

Viola, Working Windmill (Image source :Robinson Cartagena Lopez/Demand Media)

 

Test the windmill by switching on the fan which should spin the windmill blades and light the light bulb. time has arrived for the results of the hard-work,turn on the fan which will spin the windmill blades and light up the bulb.

 

Author: Kazi Ali

 

 

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