Wind and Flight
Wind is all around us, but it is difficult to isolate and experiment with. Kodo’s Wind Tunnel and Flight Lab provide dedicated spaces for interacting with a column of moving air. During play, children learn about the force of air and ways to harness the power of this invisible element. Through trial and error testing and experimentation, children uncover information about current, air drag, mass, flow, surface area, shape, and force.
Whether you are planning for the classroom, a library, museum, or common area, Kodo has a Wind Tunnel that meets your needs. From small and portable to a larger fixture piece The Wind Tunnel and Flight Lab will engage your children to experiment with moving air.
Engineered to captivate attention, the Wind tunnel features a clear pivoting wind tube with easy access for children’s hands as they launch materials into the wind. Perfect for preschool and school-age science programs, classrooms, and STEM labs.
This engaging piece is designed for libraries, small museums, and common spaces in schools. The Flight Lab features a large clear stationary wind tube and storage bowls to hold parts for testing.
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“The flight lab is STILL a huge hit. In fact, we are having a Harry Potter Halloween celebration next week and have constructed a mini Quidditch field in the wind tunnel for tiny snitches to navigate. It has inspired so much creative thinking to see how many different ways we can use it!”
– Kristy Raffensberger
Children’s Librarian, Hudson Park Branch
About the Play
Why a Wind Tunnel?
Kodo’s Wind Tunnel and Flight Lab were specifically designed for children to experiment with and learn about the movement of air. These unique pieces are the centerpieces for discovery in many types of programs, largely due to their unparalleled appeal to children of many ages!
What type of programs use Kodo's Wind Tunnel?
Any program or school that wishes to foster wonder and children’s innate abilities to make connections and discoveries about the natural world. Play-based, center-based, inquiry-based, constructivist, multi-age, nature-based, summer camp, holiday care, before and afterschool care, and family child care programs have purchased Kodo’s Wind Tunnel or Flight Lab.
How would you describe the play value?
Kodo’s Wind Tunnel and Flight Lab are enjoyed by individuals, pairs, and small groups. Each inspires prediction, communication, inventiveness, imagination, and problem-solving. Children can enjoy independent, parallel, cooperative, and associative play while exploring how objects float and fly in these one-of-a-kind products.
How does play with the Wind Tunnel or Flight Lab support my curriculum?
Many curricula include Earth and Physical Science topics such as the Weather, The Elements, Force and Motion, and Flow. Use the Wind Tunnel to support children’s early thinking about flight, air currents, force, surface area, and design.
What are some ways children typically use and learn with the Wind Tunnel and Flight lab?
Children will discover first hand how the shape and weight of an object will effect whether it flies, floats, or falls as air pushes against it. They’ll also explore the differences that the direction of the air current can have on an object when they compare the Wind Tunnel’s wind tube in vertical, horizontal, and diagonal positions.
What children's books are recommended to support the exploration of wind?
The Wind Blew by Pat Hutching Like A Windy Day by Frank Ashe In the Wind by Elizabeth Spurr Face The Wind by Vicki Cobb Wind by Marion Dane Bauer Wind (Weather Basics) by Erin Edison Big Science: Galileo’s Gamble by A.J. Cosmo The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamwamba
About the Product
Where in the classroom does a Wind Tunnel belong?
We designed the Wind Tunnel to foster curiosity and wonder so it’s perfect in your classroom Science and Discovery area, STEM lab, community space, or library. The Flight Lab was developed for children’s museums and public libraries, but many elementary schools enjoy this option.
Can children pivot the tube themselves?
Although some preschools and school-age children will be able to pivot the tube, we recommend that this action is performed by adults only.
Is the fan included?
No, the fan is not included. We recommend purchasing Vornado 530 Compact Fan from Amazon. We can’t beat Amazon’s price, so we’re passing the best deal along to you!
What is the netting for?
We’ve included a generous length of netting for you to fasten in around your fan, ensuring that small materials remain out of the fan’s mechanical parts, while air flows freely.
What materials can we pair with the Wind Tunnel or Flight Lab?
Experiment with Kodo’s Play Silks and Paper Cone Cups or your own parachute men, tissue paper, packing peanuts, and coffee filters. Children will devise all sorts of theories and ideas as they test materials from your classroom.
What age children can use the Wind Tunnel or Flight Lab?
Use the Wind Tunnel and Flight Lab with children ages three and up.
What resources do you have for me to learn more?
If you’re looking for classroom applications and ideas for turning activities into investigations check out Kodo’s Wind Tunnel Investigation book. If you’re interested in learning more about growing your practice to support early childhood inquiry in your program we offer both in-person and online professional development. Learn more https://kodokids.com/pd
Why does the wind tube section pivot?
We designed the pivoting wind tube so children could experience the difference that happens when the air pushes the object from below as opposed to from the side. The pivoting tube also allows you to place a long plank or series of ramps inside the tube on which objects can move. One example is to fashion cars with sails using small connecting bricks and paper. Invite children to test how they travel along the horizontal wind tube and to notice how the size of the sail can affect how they catch the wind which, in turn, affects their distance and speed.