Memorias de investigación
Wind tunnel experiments to teach physics

Research Areas
  • Engineering,
  • Mechanical aeronautics and naval engineering

Innovative teaching experimental activities for secondary school students have been developed in order to introduce some aerodynamic concepts, with the aim of making science subjects such as mathematics and physics more attractive. Post-graduate students of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and teachers of Deutsche Schule Madrid (DSM) have constructed a small wind tunnel. The main goal has been to provide a tool for secondary school students to become familiar with the scientific method developing curiosity, imagination, initiative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students of DSM have performed wind tunnel experiments, resulting in a successful and amusing experience. The students were able to relate the experimental results obtained with the physic principle of flight, previously explained in class. Evaluations reveal that both, the teacher and the students, considered the experience as interesting and helpful to lead with teaching physics, mathematics and engineering sciences. The teacher observed the strong motivation factor developed for the students to continue learning engineering sciences. Some of the students expressed that this experience had changed their prejudices about physics and mathematics, based only on theoretical approaches.
Entity Nationality
Sin nacionalidad
Barcelona, Spain

Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de Electrónica Industrial. CEI
  • Departamento: Matemática Aplicada a la Ingeniería Aeroespacial
  • Departamento: Mecánica de Fluidos y Propulsión Aeroespacial