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Build Your Own Wind Tunnel

The NASA Glenn Research Center Learning Technologies Project supported a project, between 1993 - 1996, in which high school students built a small sub-sonic wind tunnel to use in the classroom to demonstrate aeronautical principals. The goal of this project was to advance the students' level of understanding in the areas of math and science.

Information about this project is summarized below:

Here is a wind tunnel design that was developed at NASA Glenn during the Centennial of Flight Celebration in 2003. This tunnel can be built for less than $100 and uses a computer fan motor to move air past small models. Complete plans for the tunnel can be downloaded for free from the web page.

Here's some additional inexpensive wind tunnel designs that you can build. All of these links will take you out of the NASA domain, so use your browser "Back" command to return here.

There is also a gallery of photographs that students have taken during the construction and operation of their wind tunnels.

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Last Updated: May 13 2021

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