Rosemary Barnes – How to design wind turbine blades

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Rosemary Barnes - How to design wind turbine blades


  Last updated September 29, 2020 at 9:35 am


Now you know how to build a wind turbine, engineer Rosemary Barnes shows you how to design your own blades

If you want to transform the energy in wind into electricity, you want machines that do this as efficiently as possible – at least, within your cost limits.

As an extension to the STELR wind energy kits, engineer Rosemary Barnes shows you how you can design your own wind turbine blades.

Also: Rosemary Barnes Career Profile

Using free software called TinkerCAD, she’ll walk you through the ways you can design your own blades, and then get them ready for 3D printing. Maybe you’ll find a design that works even better than the real wind turbine blades?

These videos and resources are designed for remote learning and home schooling.

Worksheets for the STELR wind energy kits are available by contacting or on the Australia’s Science Channel Education portal.

Teach This: Education Resource: STELR Wind Turbine Investigations


STELR is a ready-to-use STEM resource that is hands-on, inquiry-based, and in-curriculum.

Most importantly, it shows students that science and maths are relevant to their lives.

STELR aims to increase student enthusiasm for and engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) subjects, and provides career profiles which highlight the study pathways necessary for jobs in STEM-related industries.

STELR has produced more than 20 curriculum modules comprising over 280 lessons, 100 hands-on activities, 30 career profile videos and 80 written career profiles. Many modules are supported by kits of Australian-designed and manufactured equipment to facilitate inquiry-based, hands-on, minds-on, problem-based learning.

Find more STELR investigations and order STELR equipment kits at

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