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Age range: 11-14
Duration: 0-29 mins
  • D&T
  • Physics

Aerodynamics timeline

The development of aerodynamics

Students will start to understand the basic principles of aerodynamics by looking at familiar products that have been designed with ‘speed’ in mind and through identifying features common to these products.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

This is an engaging starter activity where students will start to explore the requirements of aerodynamic design through testing simple shapes in a wind tunnel and through water.

The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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