ATO # 97 - February 18, 2000
QuestChats require pre-registration. Unless otherwise noted, registration is at: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/chats/#chatting To be Rescheduled Regimes of Flight Chat with Steve Smith Steve Smith is an aerospace research engineer who studies how airplanes will perform at different speeds. Right now he's researching supersonic flight and he uses computers, wind tunnels and is build his own plane. Read his bio at http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/team/smith.html - - - - - - Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 8 AM Pacific Women of NASA - Aerospace Team Online/National Engineers' Week QuestChat Forum* with Fanny Zuniga (English and Spanish) Fanny Zuniga spends most of her time conducting experiments, evaluating the performance of wind tunnel test model aircraft, and studying data to help build better airplanes and space vehicles. Read her biography at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/zuniga.html *Forums give you a chance to interact with NASA experts at flexible and convenient times. During the scheduled forum, you may submit questions to our featured expert(s) in the same manner as you do with chats. Preparation for forums is quite similar to chats. So our guidelines for preparing for a chat may also be applied to our forums. For more information go to http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/qchats/howto/ Thursday, March 2, 2000 10 AM - 11 AM Pacific Aerospace Team Online QuestChat with Earl Duque Earl Duque studies how air flows around, through, and under objects such as wings, propellers and aircraft vehicles. Read his biography at http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/team/duque.html - - - - - - - Tuesday, March 7, 2000, 10-11 AM Pacific Aerospace Team Online QuestChat with Brent Nowlin Brent Nowlin is responsible for making sure medium and large-scale gas turbine engines function Properly Read his biography at http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/team/nowlin.html - - - - - - - Tuesday, March 14, 2000, 10 AM - 11 AM Pacific Aerospace Team Online QuestChat with Roxana Greenman Roxana Greenman is currently designing applications for aviation. She is developing computerized feedback systems which use artificial intelligence. The feedback systems will be used to provide information for aircraft autopilot systems. Read her bio at http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/team/greenman.html
BLACK HISTORY MONTH CHAT SERIES
February is Black History Month. To celebrate, NASA Quest will host a series of QuestChats and forums with African American scientists and engineers who contribute their work in support of NASA's mission and goals. The schedule which may be added to over time can be found at http://quest.nasa.gov/qchats/special/mlk00/ Of special interest to Aerospace Team Online participants! Thursday, February 24, 2000, 9 AM Pacific Chat with Aprille Ericsson-Jackson, Ph.D., Aerospace Engineer Aprille works on guidance, navigation and control, and design analysis at Goddard Space Flight Center Read her bio at http://quest.nasa.gov/space/frontiers/ericsson.html
AIRFOIL STUDY PUBLISHED ON ATO Earl Duque has published some of his research on Air Foil Stalls. His pages are still evolving. Visit: http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/team/fjournals/duque/ - - - - - - - NEW CONTENT Sneak preview the "Regimes of Flight" a new resource for teachers and students about flight at different speeds. This will be targeted for grades 4-8. You will find background material, lesson plans, chats and contests!! For more information see http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/events/regimes - - - - - - CONTESTS Regimes of Flight Class Mural Contest, Grades 4-8 January 25 - March 2,2000 Choose one regime of flight: low, medium, high, supersonic, or hypersonic. Classes submit a mural that visually depicts not only the definition and description of the category, but also visually depicts aircraft from that category (Note: Key word "visually" means no words). For more information: go to http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/events/regimes/contest.html
[Editors note: This article describe how exciting QuestChats can be. Please join us for a chat soon. http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/chats/ ]
NASA QUEST BRINGS AMES AEROSPACE ENGINEERS AND RESEARCHERS TO CLASSROOMS
By Pat Kaspar
NASA Quest offers classrooms a view of the world of work at NASA and opportunities for interactions. Aerospace Team Online focuses specifically on the aerospace work at NASA (http://quest.nasa.gov/aero) "People at NASA have cool jobs," said Susan Lee, Web developer for NASA Quest. "Whether they are building one-of-a-kind model parts using advanced computerized tools, planning ways to solve air traffic congestion or thinking about designs for access to space, we want to share their excitement about science, math and technology with students." To accomplish this goal, Aerospace Team Online holds Webchats and live Internet Webcasts for classrooms. The employees and contractors who volunteer for this project are essential. One hundred and twenty-five people have volunteered since the project's beginning in 1997.
Teachers, students and NASA Aerospace Team Online members are all enthusiastic about the online Webchat sessions. Mrs. Choat from Vienna Grade School said that the first grade students love to ask NASA questions. "The chats are always a great motivator for my students," she said. "The chats give our first grade students the opportunity to formulate questions, and the really neat answers are educational and interesting."
Another teacher, Linda McDermott, said, "The children cheered when they saw their questions appear on the computer screen."
Twelfth-grade student Peter Perkovic said about Ray Oyung, the research coordinator for the Fatigue Countermeasures program, "How often do you get to chat with someone like Ray Oyung? It is especially helpful for people who are ready to decide about their careers. Webchat gives them a chance to meet people from a variety of scientific fields and ask questions about their fields."
NASA Quest volunteer experts agree that the experience is worth the time invested and that participating with students in live interactions can be stimulating. Oyung writes journal articles for the Aerospace Team Online. "Although I don't really know what kind of impact my journal articles are having when I write them," he said, "I definitely find out how useful they are when chat sessions are coordinated. It's amazing how fast an hour goes by answering questions from the kids that more often than not refer back to a topic in one of my journals."
Aerospace research engineer Steve Smith said, "I find career-guidance questions especially rewarding to answer. There is a broad spectrum of interested age groups and abilities. One of the most interesting chat conversations was with a sociology student doing a thesis on how technological advancement in aerospace sciences has changed society."
Perhaps the most compelling feedback came from aerospace engineer Fanny Zuniga, "I really enjoy doing these chats. I would recommend everyone try it at least once. These chats provide a unique opportunity to encourage and motivate youngsters to think about careers in math and science. Clearly, this program is a rewarding experience for both the youngsters and the professionals."
Feb. 7, 2000