Reaching students with an exciting, rigorous aerospace engineering curriculum.
UPDATE: The results of the glider contest:
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
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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