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Centennial of Flight:
Rediscovering the Challenges of Flight

Event Page

a picture of the 1903 wright flyer flying

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Schedule:

Date Pacific Time Central Time Eastern Time
June 20, 2001 9:15-11:30 11:15-1:30

12:15-2:30

June 28, 2001 2:00-2:30    
July 18, 2001 9:15-11:30 11:15-1:30 12:15-2:30
August 1, 2001 9:15-11:30 11:15-1:30 12:15-2:30
December, 2001 TBD    

 

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Description

Have you ever thought about what life would be like without airplanes?

In 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright successfully flew the first airplane. As we approach 2003, we begin to celebrate that we've been able to fly for almost 100 years!

What steps did Wilbur and Orville use in designing their plane? What challenges did they face? How did they test their planes?

What steps does NASA use when designing planes? How does NASA test aircraft design? What new methods might they use in the future?

To find out the answers to these and many other questions, tune into the Centennial of Flight Web event activities and resources!

Attend webcasts. Chat with the Wright Brothers themselves. Share your experiences of flight in an online forum. Explore NASA resources using the Subject Sampler.

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Preparation

Before the Web events

If you’ve never participated in a webcast or chat, review

During this Web event, you will learn about the Wright Brothers, NASA and how they have designed airplanes. You will actually get to interact with the Wright Brothers and NASA experts by posting your questions in the chat room!

Your goal is to identify problems the Wright Brothers faced and that NASA faces in designing an airplane and solutions to these problems.

Before participating in the online events, please review the bio(s) of the person(s) you will be talking to so that you can ask good questions and so that you don’t ask them any questions that they’ve already answered.

Jack Boyd
Donald Mendoza
Debbie Galloway

Think of a few good questions to ask the experts. Go to Participation. Click "Join" and post your questions in the chat room.

 

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Participation

To participate in a webcast, chat or forum, click the "join" links below. If you can't attend the live event, post your questions ahead of time, and come back later to check the archive.
Date Time Activity Type Grade Level Description
6/20 10:10-11:05 PDT
12:10-1:05 CDT
1:10-2:05 EDT

Webcast

Archive
Technical difficulties at end

K-12 Educators An overview of NASA Quest and a description of the evolution of the airplane design techniques used by NASA as described by Jack Boyd. Watch the Archive
6/20

11:10-11:30 PDT
1:10-1:30 CDT
2:10-2:30 EDT

Chat K-12 Educators Debbie Gallaway will describe the Centennial of Flight effort, teacher resources and ideas for classroom use. Debbie can also answer questions about the Wright Brothers.
Read the Archive
6/28

2:00-2:30 PDT

Webcast K-12 Educators An overview of NASA Quest and a description of the evolution of the airplane design techniques used by NASA as described by Jack Boyd. Questions in the the chat room will be answered by Donald Mendoza.
7/18 10:10-11:05 PDT
12:10-1:05 CDT
1:10-2:05 EDT
Webcast K-12
Educators

An overview of NASA Quest and a description of the evolution of the airplane design techniques used by NASA as described by Jack Boyd.Questions in the the chat room will be answered by Donald Mendoza. Watch the video archive.
Read the Archive

7/18 11:10-11:30 PDT
1:10-1:30 CDT
2:10-2:30 EDT
Chat K-12 Educators

Debbie Gallaway will describe the Centennial of Flight effort, teacher resources and ideas for classroom use. Debbie can also answer questions about the Wright Brothers.
Read the Archive

8/1 10:10-11:05 PDT
12:10-1:05 CDT
1:10-2:05 EDT
Webcast K-12 Educators

An overview of NASA Quest and a description of the evolution of the airplane design techniques used by NASA as described by Jack Boyd. Questions in the the chat room will be answered by Donald Mendoza. Watch the video archive. Read the chat archive.

8/1 11:10-11:30 PDT
1:10-1:30 CDT
2:10-2:30 EDT
Webcast K-12 Educators

Debbie Gallaway will describe the Centennial of Flight effort, teacher resources and ideas for classroom use. Debbie can also answer questions about the Wright Brothers.

No archive available due to technical problems during the webchat.

12/01 TBD Webcast all An overview of NASA Quest and a description of the evolution of the airplane design techniques used by NASA as described by Jack Boyd. Questions in the the chat room will be answered by Donald Mendoza.Join
12/01 TBD Webcast all Hear Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson USAF (Ret.) a Tuskegee Airman discuss his experience and role in the history of flight. Join
12/01 TBD Webcast 3-5 Why? Files episode on Centennial of Flight and Invention. Join
12/01 TBD chat all Chat with the Orville and Wilbur Wright about the process they used to design airplanes. Join
12/01 TBD Webcast/ chat all View the archive of NASA Glenn Research Center's broadcast of Wind Tunnel Testing and chat with Glenn expert____________ about wind tunnel testing at Glenn. Join


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