Wind Tunnel


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Scientists use enormous wind tunnels to test the design of planes, helicopters, even the Space Shuttle. In this simulation activity, learners create a miniature wind tunnel test by blowing air with a fan or blow dryer through a large tube, then flying paper airplanes, helicopters and other folded paper models in the "wind." Unless the source of the air is a fan that stands on its own, for example, more than one person will be needed to do the activity.This activity can be combined with the Helicopter Twirl, Parachute Drop and Boomerang activities, also found on the Lawrence Hall of Science Kids Site. Less

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: TK/K to 9

    Topics: Engineering & Design, Measurement, Tools, and Data Analysis, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, Technology, Weather, Climate & Atmosphere, Physics, Earth's Resources

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    Tool for: Students