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Air Crash Averte

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Uploaded: December 08, 2012

This is an amazing video of a young woman replacing a wheel on a biplane in midair. It is an old black and white movie.

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Ring Wing Aircraft : Limited Dual Mode One Person Commuter Concept

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Uploaded: June 08, 2012

A short video of a concept spiral "Ring Wing" aircraft: See NASA Personal Aircraft Vehicle Exploration (PAVE) See: "NASA.PAVE.RASC.Moore.pdf"

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Constructing and testing the Ring Wing Glider

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-9)

Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Students create a paper model of the Ring Wing flying model. They test fly this vehicle and determine how they might be able to add control surfaces to adjust the flight pattern of this model. Download the Designing the 21st Century Aerospace Vehicle bookmark from Utah State University’s "Teacherlink". url: http://teacherlink.ed.usu/tinasa username: nasamovies password: aesp Select: Other NASA Print Resources Select: NASA Bookmarks and Trading Cards

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Constructing the X-33

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Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Students create a paper model of the proposed X–33. Measurements of each surface and comparisons to the full-scale versions introduce students to scale model concepts. Download the X-Plane Generation activity guide and video from Utah State University's "Teacherlink". url: http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlnasa/videos/dnmovies/NASAConnect/index.html username: nasamovies password: aesp Select: NASA Video & Multimedia

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Aerodynamics of Baseball

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Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Hit Modeler Simulator program: With this software, you can study how far a baseball will travel after it is hit by a bat by changing the values of the factors that affect the aerodynamic forces on the ball. These are the same forces that generate the drag of an aircraft wing. Curveball Simulator program: With this software you can study how a big league pitcher throws a curveball by changing the values of the factors that affect the aerodynamic forces on the ball. Values include the pitch speed, wind and weather conditions. These are the same forces that generate the lift of an aircraft wing.

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Views: 837
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Vectoring

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Discover how vectoring the thrust from a jet engine affects movement of an airplane. Create a paper airplane powered by a balloon and determine direction of thrust.

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Density Cubes

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-9)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Activity begins on page 14 To determine the density of different metals. Activity Overview: Using mathematics, students will determine the density of differing metals by first calculating each one’s mass and size, then solving as required.

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Shape Memory Alloys (SMA)

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-9)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Activity begins on page 11. Objective: Through experimentation, students will learn how a Shape Memory Alloy reacts to heat in order to regain its shape. Activity Overview: By stretching the nitinol sample and then immersing it in hot water, students will see how the sample reacts. This can be repeated as many times as necessary with each student or group of students

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Material Comparisons

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-9)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Activity begins on page 8 Objective: By calculating the samples’ densities, students will discover that a material’s density does not correspond to its strength. Activity Overview: In this activity, students will determine the mass, volume and density of two samples, spruce and carbon iber. Students should discover that although the carbon fiber is less dense, it is clearly a stronger material than the spruce wood.

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Materials Past and Present

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-9)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Activity can be found beginning on page 5 in the book. Students will learn through discussion how the materials used in airplane construction have changed over time. By using the photos supplied in the Images section, you will lead a discussion with the students on how the materials used in the manufacture of aircraft have changed over time and why. A worksheet is provided for the students to record and compare their answers.

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Weather to Fly By: Detecting Clouds Using Infrared Energy

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-8)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

Using simple materials, students investigate weather, aviation, and the properties of the atmosphere. One activity, "Detecting Clouds Using Infrared Energy", has students demonstrate how a satellite’s infrared detector can see weather. Using only their hands, students create a thermal image map.

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Plan to Fly

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

In this activity, students create a flight plan and determine factors such as departure airport, destination airport, flight route and flying time in hours. Students role play the communication of flight plans between pilot and air traffic controller using the phonetic alphabet.

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Views: 559
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X1 Glider

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Students investigate the basics of flight with a paper model of the first supersonic aircraft.

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Wind Tunnel Activity for Summer of Innovation Aeronautics Camp

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Build a simple wind tunnel for testing small objects.

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Engine Sim

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

This is an interactive educational computer program that allows students to design and test jet engines. There is a detailed tutorial.

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Parchute Activities - Summer of Innovation Aeronautics Camp

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

These activities are to be used as part of the Summer of Innovation Aeronautics Camp. Students will design and test parachutes to examine the relationship between drop time, acceleration, and velocity. Activities found on page 77 and 81.

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Views: 555
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NASA Aeronautics Research Onboard Interactive

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

This on-line interactive presentation identifies technologies and knowledge that NASA researchers have contributed to commercial jetliners, general aviation aircraft, military aircraft and rotorcraft during the past few decades.

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Views: 544
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Smart Skies - Fly by Math

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Videos and simulations that teach trainees how math is used to do distance-rate-time investigations. "Fly By Math" offers five air traffic control problems that address the safe separation of two planes.

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Views: 500
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Build a Table Top Airport

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Students construct a model airport to identify and understand problems that face architects and planners of real airports. Models allow planners to identify potential problems with airport location, layout and design before expensive construction begins.

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Views: 809
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Rotor Motor

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

In this activity, students make paper models that imitate the rotation of the rotor blades of a helicopter. Using tape from an audio or videocassette, students determine the number of rotations of the model as it falls through the air.

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Part of an Airplane Summer of Innovation Aeronautics Camp

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

This is part of the Summer of Innovation Aeronautics Camp. This page diagrams and labels parts of the XB-70A research aircraft and T-34C Support Aircraft.

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Can You Make a Shoebox Fly?

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Students will research the dynamics and forces of flight and apply their understanding of flight to the design, construction, and test flight of a shoebox based glider. This can be done as a stand-alone activity or as part of NASA Digital Learning Network.

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Views: 1060
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Right Flight

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

This activity challenges students to learn about basic aircraft design and explore the effects of weight and balance on the flight characteristics of a model glider. Students use science process skills to construct and fly a glider made from a foam food tray.

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Views: 613
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Smart Skies - Line up with Math

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Videos and simulations that teach trainees how math is used to do distance-rate-time investigations. "LineUp with Math" shows trainees how to apply proportional reasoning to "line up" planes safely with proper spacing at a given intersection of jet routes.

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Views: 642
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Airplane Dodecahedron

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

A regular dodecahedron is made of 12 pentagons. Students learn about NASA aircraft as they build a geometric form to hang from the ceiling or place on a shelf.

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Views: 478
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Launch It

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Students will follow the design process to design and build a rocket from a straw to hit a target consistently. This activity is from the Design Squad.

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Nose Cone Experts

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Student teams will construct predesigned card stock nose cones from patterns provided in the Adventures In Rocket Science Activity Guide. The wind tunnel simulation is one of the most basic and can be easily modified to create improved airflow, etc. Drag is measured here as a result of the differing distances the rocket body travels in opposition to the airflow. See page 90 of the guide.

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Jet Propulsion

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

By using a series of stations or centers, students discover how a jet engine takes in air, compresses it, and burns fuel to make air expand. They learn how the air is then forced out the tailpipe to create thrust. An optional teacher demonstration combines all these components into a single tennis-ball-container engine. In part two of the lesson, students build a static, or non-moving, model of a jet engine. At the end of the lesson, students use technical writing skills to explain how a jet engine works. Two student sheets are included. Lessons found on page 32 of Exploring the Extreme Educator Guide.

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Future Flight Design Paper Airplane Activity

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

Students apply the engineering design process to build and evaluate paper airplane designs.

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Future Flight Design - The Design Center

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

In this section of the Future Flight Design website, students pick one of three aircraft designs and by choosing a variety of construction variables, the aircraft performance is evaluated.

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Future Flight Design - The Design Laboratory

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

Students will be introduced to the basic design concepts of aeronautics by progressing through the following interactive labs: fuselage lab, propulsion lab, aeronautics lab, CFD lab, and wind tunnel lab. The basic design challenge has students testing and gathering data for one of four different paper airplanes.

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Touchdown Challenge

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-6)

Uploaded: June 08, 2011

Students will design and build a shock-absorbing system that will protect two “astronauts” when they land.

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Thermal Protection Systems Challenge

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: June 08, 2011

This activity challenges students to solve a real-world problem that is part of the space program while learning about heat and heat transfer.

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Views: 656
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Spacecraft Structures

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

In this challenge, students will undertake the problem of designing a strong but lightweight thrust structure that can withstand the launch of a bottle rocket by means of a wooden lever. By using simple materials such as craft sticks, cardboard, and a hot-melt glue, students strive to make their structure lighter while maintaining its strength. The goal is to construct a launcher that can withstand the force of repeatedly launching a one-kilogram bottle of water one meter into the air. This activity challenges your students to solve a real-world problem that is part of the space program using creativity, cleverness, and scientific knowledge, while learning about forces, structures, and energy transfer.

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Views: 619
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NASA Connect: The "Wright" Math

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

Students will construct and predict which of four designs will be the most effective flyer. The student will use algebra to calculate wing area, wingspan, chord length, and aspect ratio. Students will build a portable glider catapult to analyze wing geometry based on measurement (distance rating) and observations (glide rating and speed rating). Students will design, construct, and test an experimental wing to achieve maximum distance. This is a great project for incorporating collaborative problem-solving strategies in a real-life application. Video download Geometry and Algebra: The Future Flight Equation: http://www.knowitall.org//sites/nasa/connect/index3.html

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The Sled Kite

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

Students construct and fly the basic sled kite design to understand the forces of flight and how kites were used to better understand aircraft control.

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Views: 686
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Soccer NASA Simulator

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this software you can study how a soccer player "bends" the ball and makes it curve through the air by changing the values of the factors that affect the aerodynamic forces on the ball. Factors include the speed of the kick, the direction and angle, and the weather conditions. These are the same factors that affect the lift and drag on an aircraft wing.

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Views: 514
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Curveball Simulator

URL (Grade Level: 6-12)

Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this software you can study how a big league pitcher throws a curveball by changing the values of the factors that affect the aerodynamic forces on the ball. Values include the pitch speed, wind, and weather conditions. These are the same forces that generate the lift of an aircraft wing.

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Views: 675
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Hit Modeler Simulator

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this simulation software, you can study how far a baseball will travel after it is hit by a bat by changing the values of the factors that affect the aerodynamic forces on the ball. These are the same forces that generate the drag of an aircraft wing.

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Views: 469
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Line Up with Math - Smart Skies

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

Line Up With Math consists of six Problem Sets. Each enables students to explore and apply decision-making and proportional reasoning skills to resolve distance-rate-time conflicts in realistic air traffic control problems. To solve the problems, students use a web-based interactive Air Traffic Control (ATC) Simulator that represents an air traffic controller’s screen. The accompanying workbooks provide the underlying mathematics and strategies to enable students to optimize their solutions.

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TunnelSys Simulator

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this software you can investigate the design, testing, and post-processing of a wing model in a wind tunnel. TunnelSys is a series of three Java computer programs which students can use to explore the process of wind tunel testing. In wind tunnel testing, an engineer must first design and build a wind tunnel model with all of the appropriate instrumentation included. The model is then placed in the tunnel test section and air is blown over the model. Different diagnostic techniques may be employed during a wind tunnel test and the instrumentation records the desired information for the model designer. The engineer who conducts the wind tunnel test is not normally the same person who designed the model, but someone who is a specialist at wind tunnel operation. The data from the test then goes to a third engineer who performs the necessary data reduction and produces performance plots for the initial engineer.

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Wright 1901 Wind Tunnel Simulator

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

This activity presents instructions for using a computer simulation of the Wright 1901 wind tunnel to teach students some of the basics of scientific experiments and test techniques. This activity was developed by Tom Benson of the NASA Glenn Research Center. It requires a personal computer with Internet access. The activities can be run on-line or downloaded to run off-line. Students will learn to conduct parametric studies, to record and reduce data, prepare graphs, and interpret results.

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EngineSim Simulator

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this software you can investigate how a jet (or turbine) engine produces thrust by interactively changing the values of different engine parameters. It can be downloaded to a computer and run without internet connection. There are several skill levels.

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Views: 662
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AtmosModeler Simulator

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this software you can investigate changes in the atmosphere and its effects on aerodynamic variables.

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Views: 690
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FoilSim III Simulator

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this software you can investigate how an aircraft wing produces lift and drag by changing the values of different factors that affect lift and the factors that affect drag.

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