This project-based learning course engages students who are curious about aviation and aerospace careers. This course will introduce students to an engineering design process, tools to collect and analyze data, the science of aviation, materials and structures, and safety. Students will participate in real-world experiences such as designing, building and testing a pilot seat, kite, straw rocket and launcher, motor-powered rocket, and a model glider.
Please take a look at the projects and photos below!
Project 1: Pilot Seat
Students were tasked with designing, testing, and building a frame for a pilot seat. They began with research about the size, style, shape, and various materials to make the frame. Next, we had a mathematics lesson about 2-dimensional cuts on 3-dimensional objects, so students would be able to draw their seat frames in SolidEdge, a 3D sketching software. Students then used a simulation in the software to test how their designs would perform under various forces and identify weak spots in the frame. After making improvements, we 3D printed the chairs.
Project 2: Kite Design
Students were tasked with designing, testing, and building a kite that would gain high altitude in low wind conditions. They could use materials such as wooden dowels, plastic, newspaper, string, tape, glue, and any other easily accessible materials. Our mathematics lesson for this project involved right triangle trigonometry that students learned in geometry. Students used a clinometer to measure the angle of elevation, a tape measure to know how much string was let out, and trigonometry to measure the altitude of the kite. After initial testing, students made improvements to their final design before testing which kite would fly the highest!