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All activities must begin with adequate background information. Students use a multimedia "encyclopedia" of aviation history, NASA aeronautics and career information to prepare themselves in aeronautics and space exploration.
World Wide Web
Surfing the World Wide Web, students gather information to prepare for a cross country flight.
Teachers may access reference materials related to aeronautics and space.Aircraft Design
Using technology in computer-assisted designing (CAD) students design aircraft and chart a flight path using actual flight routing software.
A knowledge of how an aircraft flies is essential for any pilot, not just for aeronautical engineers. With an actual working wind tunnel, as well as a computer simulated wind tunnel activity at their disposal, students design and test aeronautical models.
Students use a Global Positioning System and an amateur radio station to gather information related to aviation and geography.
As any air traveler knows, accurate and timely information on the weather is critical. Students gather meteorological data to use in planning their cross country flight.
Virtual Reality Flight
Using a head-mounted display unit and a computer generated display, students fly a virtual reality airplane across country by themselves.
Students work with actual photographs taken from aircraft and satellites to determine how data can be gathered for research into a variety of scientific topics as well as land use planning and evaluation.
Students explore a variety of paper airplane designs and learn about various aspects of flight.