(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – Washington County High School recently received a wind tunnel for its new Aerospace/Aviation Program. Joey Maupin, owner of local hardware and lumber store Parkview Home Center was approached about the need for the wind tunnel and subsequently built and donated the large structure. “I’ve always really liked flying,” says Maupin. “It’s really all about the kids. Getting your pilot’s license is a great opportunity. I think it’s a great program and I hope they keep it.” Maupin says the wind tunnel cost around $500 for the materials and the labor put into it.
Dawn Curtsinger and some of her students pose with the new wind tunnel. (Photo by Hillary C. Wright)
The wind tunnel serves as a testing and experimentation chamber for students to study the effects of different forces on wings, according to Dawn Curtsinger, who teaches integrated science and advanced placement environmental science at WCHS. “Several components and assignments within the course have students designing and testing out wings,” says Curtsinger. “This resource allows them to create a better wing design. As with any subject, getting hands-on experience is best. This tool will allow the students to do just that, especially for our students interested in the engineering components of aerospace.”
Students from Dawn Curtsinger’s aerospace class pose with the new wind tunnel. (Photo by Hillary C. Wright)
“The Washington County School District is very appreciative of the partnership and commitment that has been made by Parkview Home Center,” says Washington County Schools Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran. “When community businesses work with the school district, it is a win-win for everyone. We thank Parkview Home Center and hope to continue to building partnerships with businesses that will produce strong employees for the future.”