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The Centennial of Flight:
Rediscovering the Challenges of Flight

Educator Resources

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with permission from Nick Engler

Overview

The US Centennial of Flight Commission was set up by Congress to advise the President, Congress and Federal agencies on the most effective ways to encourage and promote national and international commemoration of the centennial of powered flight, December 17, 2003. NASA has been involved in many of the innovations in aeronautics and aeronautics design and is represented in the Centennial of Flight Commission. Combining these two topics seemed like an ideal opportunity for introducing teachers to using NASA Quest events in the classroom.

The topics of the history of aviation technology and the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers first flight, exciting on their own, will come to life in classrooms through the live interactions with NASA.

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Wright Flyer Data Lesson Plan (5-8)

Can the Wright Flyer Handle It?

Can the Wright Flyer Handle It? Teachers Page

Objectives/Standards Evaluation

 

Aircraft Design

Overall Objective: Students will cite examples of the design process used by the Wright Brothers and NASA scientists to create new aircraft by identifying the problems and constraints encountered and the solutions and processes used to overcome these problems.

Educational Objective

National Standards Evaluation Activity

K-2

Students will identify problems that they, the Wright Brothers, or NASA scientists face when designing an aircraft, and will identify solutions to these.

Meets: ITEA 8, 9

Addresses: ISTE 4, 6

Students make up a story in the format of the Fortunately book describing the problems and solutions encountered by themselves, the Wright Brothers, and/or NASA. See K-2 Lesson

3-5

Students will identify the desired features of an aircraft and the limits that they, the Wright Brothers, or NASA scientists might face in designing one, and methods to solve these.

Meets: NSES E1 ITEA 8, 9

Addresses: NSES E2 2061 3B.1
ISTE 4, 6

Students make up a story in the format of the Fortunately book describing the limits and desired features encountered by themselves, the Wright Brothers, and/or NASA, and how they addressed these. See 3-5 Lesson

6-8 Students will identify the criteria and constraints that they, the Wright Brothers, or NASA scientists face in design, and the methods they use to address these.

Meets: NSES E1 2061 3B.1
ITEA 8, 9

Addresses: NSES E2 2061 3A.3
ISTE 4, 6

Students make up a story in the format of the Fortunately book describing the criteria and constraints encountered by themselves, the Wright Brothers, and/or NASA, and how they addressed these. See 6-8 Lesson.

9-12

Students will explain the methods used by themselves, the Wright Brothers, or NASA scientists to test and refine aircraft design, and the importance of these methods.

Meets: NSES E1 ITEA 8, 9

Addresses: NSES E2 2061 3A.3
ISTE 4, 6

Students make up a story in the format of the Fortunately book describing the criteria and constraints encountered by themselves, the Wright Brothers, and/or NASA, and how they addressed these. See 9-12 Lesson.
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Airplane Design Lesson Plans:

K-2 - Problems and Solutions in Aircraft Design

3-5 - Features and Limits of Aircraft Design

6-8 - Criteria and Constraints in Aircraft Design

9-12 - Testing and Refining Aircraft Design

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Related Instructional Materials

Aeronautics

Atmospheric Flight

Basic Aircraft Design

Exploring the Extreme + Poster

Measurement, Ratios, and Graphing: Safety First (PDF document)

What is aeronautics?

What tools are used to design an airplane?

The Wright Flyer: Practice Makes Perfect

Wright Flyer Online:

Wright Again

Centennial Feature: Across the Curriculum with the Wright Brothers

Profiles

 

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Need Help?

Ideas for Integrating NASA Quest into your Curriculum

NASA Occupation Chat lesson Plan

What is an Event?

How to participate

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