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View Resource National Air and Space Museum Educational Programs: Online Activities

The staff at the National Air and Space Museum have worked tirelessly to create these nice online activities for people seeking to learn about aviation, space photography, and the basic principles of flight. There are six separate activities here, including Geography From Space, Airplane Anatomy, and the planetary CyberCenter. Visitors should start with the Geography From Space area. Here they...

View Resource Heading In a New Direction

The ATETV project delivers web-based videos to connect students to careers in advanced technology. In this episode of ATETV, fuel cell technology, technical communication skills and women in aviation are discussed. ATE programs are perfect for people who want to head back to school in order to change careers. The programs help students gain new skills or develop skills they may already have. ...

View Resource Airplane Flight

This web site, authored and curated by David P. Stern, contains an elementary discussion of the physics of airplane flight. Concepts of frames of reference and vectors are used to explore lift, drag, and thrust for wings swept backward or forward and to propellers. The linked web page contains a discussion about the dependence of lift and drag on speed and altitude, using the "Voyager" non-stop...

View Resource Flights of Inspiration

This web site features the Franklin Institute's (Philadelphia, Pa.) historic collection of photographs, writings, drawings and schematics from the Wright Brothers, as well as a section on the John Alcock and Arthur Wilson, the first pilots to cross the Atlantic. Additionally, it features a section titled "Your Own Flight" that teaches students the physics behind flight. A "Teacher's Zone" is also...

View Resource Virtual Skies: Aeronautics Tutorial

Drag, lift, and thrust are all seminal concepts in terms of understanding aeronautics, and they are explained in all their glory on this very edifying website. Created by the good people at NASA, this aeronautical tutorial will be useful to those persons studying the world of flight, or just those who want a bit of insight into the world of aeronautical engineering. The site itself is divided...

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