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Wing Lift

About this Daily Classroom Special
Wing Lift was written by Ed Clement, former Teachers Network web mentor and a teacher in the Chicago public school system for more than twenty six years.

Wing Lift

· For kids in 3rd through 12th grades.
· Build science skills.
· Show kids that science can be useful and interesting.

YOUR STUDENTS CAN TEST WING DESIGN AND MEASURE LIFT

BASIC STEPS

  1. Get a wine box and take the bottom and top covers off. (I got my box at Walgreens but any store that sells wine is likely to have a wine box.) 
  2. Get some Styrofoam or Balsa wood and cut different shapes, some of which would make good wing designs. 
  3. Get a balance beam scale and adapt it to hold sample wing designs.
  4. Get a fan. (A powerful variable speed fan is best.) 
  5. Attach one of the wing designs to the balance beam scale and balance it so it is level.
  6. Place the balance beam scale with attached wing design in front of wine box with fan behind box. (See graphic at top of page.)
  7. Turn on fan and watch the wing raise or not. (To measure lift use balance beam weights to see how much weight is needed to prevent the good wing design from lifting. 

 

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