In the Aerodynamics module, students learn about the scientificprinciples of aerodynamic technology. As a result, they understand and appreciate these technological achievements andthe potential for future innovations.
Students learn how moving objects are designed, developed, tested, and manufactured. They also observe and understand how the four aerodynamic forces - weight, lift, drag, and gravity are affected by temperature, pressure, and humidity. In fact, they collect and measure this atmospheric data themselves. Through other experiments, students use a wind tunnel to measure the forces of air on different shapes.
Advanced principles of aerodynamics are covered in later segments of this module. Students also design airfoils and measure the effects of drag, lift, and velocity on their creations. This and other experiments also promote skills in examination, analysis, and troubleshooting. In addition, students learn about careers where they can apply their newly developed knowledge and abilities.
• Aerodynamic forces (weight, lift, drag, and gravity)
• Airfoil theory (experiments with a wind tunnel)
• Angle of attack
• Atmosphere (temperature, pressure, and humidity)
• Bernoulli's Principle
• Calibration kit
• Fundamentals of Aeronautics Technology
• Helicopter operations
• Hypersonics and Supersonics
• Laminar/Tubular Flow and Viscosity
• Mass flow and the Lever law
• Stability and control
• Weather center
ESTIMATED HOURS 7 - 30 hours total; Level 1: 7 lessons (approximately 40 minutes each); Level 2 with independent study: 10 lessons; Level 2 stand-alone: 10 lessons