Students in the Aeronautics Careers Academy can now do wind tunnel testing right in their own lab at Stow-Munroe Falls High School thanks to a gift from Kent State University. The Academy is a College Tech Prep Initiative of the Six District Educational Compact.

According to instructor Ed Borsuk, the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology made the donation after replacing the wind tunnel in the University's lab. "Dean Bob Sines and Dr. Blake Stringer of Kent State made this generous gift possible," he says. "A new wind tunnel can be valued at up to $5,000. We will use this to support our own studies and experiments."

Aeronautics students will conduct their own tests to see how different shapes are affected by airflow, as well as lift and drag concepts studied in flight theory. The tunnel also has a smoke chamber, which allows students to visualize how air moves around an object.

"They also can get a better understanding of wake and turbulence, which is an air traffic control issue," says Borsuk. He says he will also use the wind tunnel for experiments in his physics classes with students in the Compact's Engineering Academy.

Aeronautics students also have access to two flight simulators in their classroom lab. The College Tech Prep initiative partners with Kent State University, where students participate in educational programs at the Aeronautics and Technology Building on the KSU campus, as well as at the Kent State University airport.

The Six District Educational Compact provides College Tech Prep Initiatives, services and resources to the Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge and Woodridge school districts. These programs are provided at no added millage to taxpayers in these districts.