Age range: 11-14
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • D&T
  • Engineering
  • Physics

Wind tunnel testing

Using a wind tunnel to test aerodynamic characteristics of objects

Students will start to explore the requirements of aerodynamic design through testing simple shapes in a wind tunnel. The activity focuses on students acquiring an understanding of aerodynamics through testing, experimenting and developing.

Activity info, teachers’ notes and curriculum links

This activity involves teaching a similar set of key principles from both a science and engineering/design and technology viewpoint. The learning can be reinforced through both subjects, developing the strong links between them.

The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, 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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