Wind Tunnel

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


Age of children

Can be adapted for elementary through high school ages

Materials required

To Make Wind Tunnel

  • Three pieces of 2×4 wood, about 3′ long
  • Circular fan, or box fan, at least 16″ in diameter
  • Clear plastic, very thin, (.08″ used here), 44″ long, and as tall as you’d like your tunnel
  • 3-4 Embroidery hoops, 14″ in diameter alternatively
  • Hanger section, or other rod for horizontal mounting

For building with:

  • Coffee filters
  • Thin plastic baskets (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
  • Cardstock or other stiff paper, cut into fourths
  • Small weights (army men, large beads, plastic animals)
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors


  • 1 hour

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