The micro Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) is a research and development test bed, aimed to refine analyses, design features and construction techniques that will go into devices suitable for powering street lamps, lights, etc. The test bed integrates knowledge from various disciplines and is used to build experience and capabilities. This describes how the student team, mostly undergraduates, participating in this project have been learning what they need to make progress, and to make the innovations necessary for success. The evolution of the multi year student project, and summarizes recent experience of the team that is taking the design to field test readiness. Issues such as safety training, development and usage of skills in using hands on and analytical tools, and the process of team organization and progress monitoring, are all discussed.