Age range: 11-14
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • D&T
  • Maths
  • Physics

Aerodynamic forces

Discuss how the boomerang works from design and scientific principles

Students will start to understand the basic principles of aerodynamics by looking at familiar products that have been designed with ‘speed’ in mind and through identifying features common to these products.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

This is an engaging starter activity on the principle of aerodynamics. It can be explored through either science or design and technology, focusing on the forces aspects in science or the design, make and refine aspects of D&T.

The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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Activity overview

Aerodynamic forces activity description, teachers' notes and curriculum links.



Boomerang Shapes - student handout explaining how to fly your boomerang and what makes it come back.



Boomerang Shapes - teacher notes to help explain the way in which a boomerang works.



Three different boomerang shapes to use within the activity.

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