Reflecting & Processing Experiences
  • Strategy: Developing STEM Practices & Mindset
  • Skill: Reflecting & Processing Experiences
  • Time: 60 Minutes

Wind Tunnel

Use the engineering design process to design, test and redesign aerodynamic contraptions in a wind tunnel.

In this activity, youth explore the challenges of designing various aerodynamic contraptions.


Learning Objectives

  • Youth will be able to identify components of aerodynamic contraptions.
  • Youth will be able to identify differences between contraptions that accomplish different goals
  • Youth will be able to develop, test, and refine a design


  • For wind tunnel setup:
    • Wind tunnel
    • Extension cords, if needed
  • For activity:
    • Coffee filters
    • Strawberry baskets
    • Plastic cups
    • Toilet paper rolls
    • Pool noodles, cut into 1” sections
    • String
    • Plastic bags, cut into 4” squares
    • Crepe paper, cut into 3-4” strips
    • Pipe cleaners
    • Card stock or other stiff paper, cut into fourths
    • Small weights-army men, large beads, plastic animals o Masking tape
    • Scissors