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Scheduled for Academic Year 00/01

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Planetary Flight

covers atmospheric and non-atmospheric flight as it pertains to designing an aircraft. The classroom materials included in the "Teachers Desk" section provide a problem based learning approach and demonstrates how these materials can be integrated into a 5-12 curriculum.

Chatting with NASA People

ATO QuestChats are key to the connection between students and NASA Aerospace Team members. These chats are scheduled regularly and involve an hour in which these "experts" share their valuable time to help inspire and motivate today's youth. Additionally, we maintain a schedule of QuestChats available through all Quest projects.


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a photo of a model of a subsonic Mars Airplane

Design a Mars Airplane

This event included both a forum and a webcast. View the archive of the forum with Andy Hahn, Peter Gage and Steve Smith. View the archive of the webcast with Andy Hahn.

Becca and Estella

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Aerospace Engineering with Estella Hernandez

View the archive of this special Web cast. Estella Hernandez explained what an engineer is in this Web cast with video of NASA Ames engineers at work.

a simulation of a tip vortex

Atmospheric Flight: an introduction to Planetary Flight
View the archive of this very special Web cast. Steve Smith, coauthor of Planetary Flight explained flying in an atmosphere. In order to understand flight on other planets we need to understand flight here on Earth. Steve reviewed the Four Forces: Lift, Drag, Weight and Thrust. This is the perfect introduction to the Planetary Flight Project with a sneak preview of some of the curriculum and lesson plans.
a photo of Jim Scott running a lathe
Design, Test and Manufacture of a Planetary Entry Vehicle Model

View the archive of this very special Web cast. Meet the engineers, machinists and test engineers involved in the manufacture and test of planetary entry vehicle models. See video of the lathes and ballistics range.

a photo of Chuck Cornelison

Thermal Protection Chats - a series of biographies, journals and chats about the researchers working on thermal protection here at NASA Ames.
Regimes of
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The "Regimes of Flight" is a new resource for teachers and students about flight at different speeds. This is targeted for grades 4-8. You will find background material, lesson plans,chats and contests!!

Chuck Yeager

A New Regime by Susanne Ashby is included! This is the story of Chuck Yeager's flight that broke the Sound Barrier! It has movies, interactive vocabulary, and an audio version. For more information see http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/events/regimes/new.html

simulation of a wind turbine
The Aerodynamics of Things That Spin A WebCast /Chat from NASA Ames Research Center featuring Dr. Earl Duque and Joe Jordan . Held Wednesday, December 1, 1999. View the archive of a fun-filled hour of demonstrations, videos and explanations about things that spin.

Mina Cappuccio with the High Speed Civil Transport
TCA-5: The Low Speed Test of the High Speed Civil Transport Technology Concept Airplane Chats, Profiles and Journals relating to the wind tunnel test.
a drawing of the wright flyer in front of the wind
tunnel fans
Wright Flyer Online aviation history met the 1990's. At this Web site you will learn about the Wright Flyer Project, in which a full-sized replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer, flown in the first-ever powered flight, was tested in a wind tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center. You and your students can learn about its trailing vortex through this exciting Web site.

a winning glider

The Right Flyer A glider design project in which classrooms collaborated with one another.

Fanny Zuniga with a high speed civil transport
The Supersonic Transport Wind Tunnel Test A series of journals about the wind tunnel test of a supersonic civil transport.  



Virtual Skies

will offer an in-depth look at air traffic management and NASA's research into aviation operations systems and safety. Students will learn about airport design, aviation navigation, meteorology for aviation, communication, the air traffic management systems, and future flight research through interactive tutorials and simulations. Students, in grades 9-12, will have opportunities for online chats with NASA Researchers, air traffic controllers, pilots and others involved in the aviation industry. They can also view research facilities such as the Future Flight Central and the Crew Vehicle Research Facility through Web casts.

A series of online collaborations will also be offered. For example students will be given an air traffic management scenario to resolve by collaborating with other online students. After students pass a series of online certification quizzes, teachers can sign up their classes or after school groups to participate in the air traffic control.


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