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Reaching students with an exciting, rigorous aerospace engineering curriculum.

UPDATE: The results of the glider contest:

http://youtu.be/6wHmSI7CV3Q

The Brooklyn Aerodrome Flight School project takes the DIY hutzpah that drives our remote controlled airplanes and kicks it over to middle school science and technology education. We have always wanted to make a serious education play and our collaboration with teacher Andrew Woodbridge does it better than we could imagine.

We met Andrew at the World Maker Faire after which he built our scratch built/recycled plane the Flack (short for Flying + Hack). He wanted to take it into his classroom and a Kickstarter was born. 

The broad goal of this Kickstarter is to get middle schoolers exposed to a 10 hour curriculum around the basics of flight. The Phase 1 curriculum focuses on gliders made out of paper and foam. This is an active, hands on curriculum with very little structure in controlling what the students make, but lots of structure around goals, design and assessment.

The curriculum materials connect to real world aviation. They include:

  • Pilot Licenses
  • Check Rides
  • Air-worthiness Certificates
  • Airfield Rules and Regulations

Sample Curriculum

Complete sample curriculum, sample lesson and work book (15 pgs)
Complete sample curriculum, sample lesson and work book (15 pgs)
Student Work Book (6 pages)
Student Work Book (6 pages)
Sample Lesson Plan (5 pages)
Sample Lesson Plan (5 pages)

How the Brooklyn Aerodrome Flight School fits into the classroom:

STEM - which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - is at the core of our curriculum.  This program will appeal to both boys and girls, and get them excited about problem-solving and aviation.  Throughout the curriculum students will be able to:

  • Carry out experiments
  • Apply math to solve problems
  • Integrate technology tools to design and test models
  • Solve engineering challenges

Project-Based Learning - Students learn better when there is a strong connection to the real world.  This curriculum is entirely project-based.  Students have the opportunity to solve engineering challenges and carry out experiments in every lesson.  The documentation and assessment tools (e.g.  research journal, air-worthiness certificate, pilot license) match the real world counterparts.  Instead of “Airplanes fly because of…,” students get to look into “Why does this airplane fly better than that one?” or “Which plane should I use to carry cargo or do stunts?”

Standards-Based - Because raising the bar with rigor is so important.  The curriculum has been aligned with the Common Core Standards which have been adopted in nearly all 50 states.  It is also important that students start developing the skills to be successful in their future careers.  With that in mind, the curriculum has all been aligned with Partnership for 21st Century Skills standards.

Common Core Standards (http://www.corestandards.org/)

  • Mathematics  Grades 6-8
  • English Languages Arts & Literacy in Technical Subjects Grades 6-8

Skills for the 21st Century (http://p21.org)

  • Learning & Innovation Skills
  • Information, Media & Technology Skills
  • Life and Career Skills

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

While we are making every effort to design a strong curriculum, we will not be able to test all the pieces before the teacher workshop. We are going to rely on the workshop teachers to field test the curriculum and their feedback will allow us to make any necessary revisions. We will incorporate any new discoveries into the curriculum and a post-workshop set of revisions will be made available via digital download.

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    Vote for Breck's glider being the best flyer (the solid non-Swiss cheese glider). If you are right you get a lanyard.

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    //// Digital Curriculum Only //// You will receive a digital copy of the curriculum & student workbook.

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    A signed copy of our book: DIY RC Airplanes from Scratch: The Brooklyn Aerodrome Bible for Hacking the Skies. McGraw-Hill TAB books is the publisher. Scheduled for release in late May. Includes shipping.

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    //// Hard Copy Curriculum + Workbook + 1 Roll of Tape + Patch + Lanyard //// You will receive a hard copy of the curriculum, a bound copy of the student workbook, patch, one roll of Flight School Tape to customize your projects, and a lanyard.

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    //// Build It All //// Hard Copy Curriculum + Workbook + Glider foam and weights + 1 Roll of Tape + Patch + Lanyard //// You will receive a hard copy of the curriculum, a copy of the student workbook, a full set of materials to build the gliders for one student, one roll of Flight School Tape to customize your projects, a patch and a lanyard.

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    //// Class Set //// Hard Copy Curriculum + 30 Workbooks + Class Set Glider Foam & Weights + 2 Rolls of Tape + 31 patches + Lanyard //// You will receive a hard copy of the curriculum, 30 bound copies of the student workbook, a class set of materials to build the gliders, two rolls of Flight School Tape to customize your projects, and a lanyard.

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    Attend a May 11 1-day (conditions permitting, fly sessions may have to be made up) weekend workshop to build and fly the Brooklyn Aerodrome Flack--the powered airplane you saw in the video. All materials are included including an RC transmitter, charger and full airframe. (Parent +child or adult). Our studio is in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

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    Attend a June 8 1-day (conditions permitting, fly sessions may have to be made up) weekend workshop to build and fly the Brooklyn Aerodrome Flack--the powered airplane you saw in the video. All materials are included including an RC transmitter, charger and full airframe. (Parent +child or adult). Our studio is in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

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    //// Sponsor/Attend a Teacher Workshop Slot //// Workshop Participants will get a Hard Copy Curriculum + 30 Workbooks + 2 Rolls of Tape + Patch + Lanyard. Sponsor will get a hard copy curriculum + workbook + lanyard and patch. We will find a teacher if you wish to sponsor someone or you can specify a teacher.

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    //// Sponsor a School - 2 Complete Class Sets of Everything Sent To a School of your Choice //// We will send 2 complete class sets (curriculum, workbooks, glider foam and weights, tape, patches and lanyards) to a school you choose. If you don't have a school in mind, we can find one.

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    //// Sponsor an ENTIRE Teacher Workshop //// Because of your support, twenty additional teachers in the New York City Area will be able to attend a three day training workshop, and have a class set of materials to take home with them. That is 600 students that will have a head start in engineering. Your name will be prominently featured as a sponsor of the workshop. You can specify the teachers or we can find them for you. You will also receive a collection of our materials.

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