AeroEducate 9-12 Activity: Lighter-Than-Air
AeroEducate 9-12 Activity: Lighter-Than-Air
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PostedTuesday, May 17, 2022 at 12:03 PM

Updated06/01/2022

In the Lighter-Than-Air activity learners design a control system for a helium balloon airship and then use lift and differential thrust to steer the airship through an obstacle course.

Lighter-Than-Air: How do you control the flight of airships?

Objective: Explore how the four forces of flight control the movement of an airship

Scenario and Task: You are a systems engineer and test pilot. Your task is to design and construct a control system for a lighter-than-air airship that can be operated via remote. You will test your design by navigating through an obstacle course.

AeroEducate 9-12 Activities are developed for learners to investigate topics such as aerodynamics, the four forces of flight, composite wings, and flight stability. Designed in a 5-E lesson format, each activity begins with an essential question, incorporates a career component through a real-world scenario, and introduces age-appropriate vocabularyBackground information for the facilitator is included. Posters that illustrate key concepts associated with the lesson can be printed or viewed electronically. Separate student directions, educator setups, and templates are included as needed.

These activities could be used as team-building and collaborative engineering experiences for transitional bridge programs from high school to college.  They are also excellent capstone engineering projects.

Full access to the activity and supporting resources is provided once free registration to the AeroEducate website is completed. 

AeroEducate is a series of STEM activities developed by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in cooperation with North Carolina State University and the National Institute of Aerospace. EAA is a passionate community of aviation enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds.

In the Lighter-Than-Air activity learners design a control system for a helium balloon airship and then use lift and differential thrust to steer the airship through an obstacle course.

Lighter-Than-Air: How do you control the flight of airships?

Objective: Explore how the four forces of flight control the movement of an airship

Scenario and Task: You are a systems engineer and test pilot. Your task is to design and construct a control system for a lighter-than-air airship that can be operated via remote. You will test your design by navigating through an obstacle course.

AeroEducate 9-12 Activities are developed for learners to investigate topics such as aerodynamics, the four forces of flight, composite wings, and flight stability. Designed in a 5-E lesson format, each activity begins with an essential question, incorporates a career component through a real-world scenario, and introduces age-appropriate vocabularyBackground information for the facilitator is included. Posters that illustrate key concepts associated with the lesson can be printed or viewed electronically. Separate student directions, educator setups, and templates are included as needed.

These activities could be used as team-building and collaborative engineering experiences for transitional bridge programs from high school to college.  They are also excellent capstone engineering projects.

Full access to the activity and supporting resources is provided once free registration to the AeroEducate website is completed. 

AeroEducate is a series of STEM activities developed by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in cooperation with North Carolina State University and the National Institute of Aerospace. EAA is a passionate community of aviation enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds.

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