Wind tunnel experiments to teach physics

Le Clainche Martinez, Soledad and Theofilis, Vassilios and He, Wei and Tendero Ventanas, Juan Angel and Liu, Qiong and Perez Perez, Jose Miguel and Schlapkohl, M. (2014). Wind tunnel experiments to teach physics. In: "6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies", 3441-3449, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 978-84-617-0557-3. pp. 3441-3449.


Title: Wind tunnel experiments to teach physics
  • Le Clainche Martinez, Soledad
  • Theofilis, Vassilios
  • He, Wei
  • Tendero Ventanas, Juan Angel
  • Liu, Qiong
  • Perez Perez, Jose Miguel
  • Schlapkohl, M.
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Event Dates: 3441-3449
Event Location: Barcelona, Spain
Title of Book: EDULEARN14 Proceedings
Date: 2014
ISBN: 978-84-617-0557-3
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingeniería Aeronáutica y del Espacio (UPM)
Department: Matemática Aplicada a la Ingeniería Aeroespacial
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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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.

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