15 Feb New lesson for your classroom to utilizing the STEMPilot simulator.
By teachers for teachers.
Bryan Holmes, the Program Leader/ STEM Teacher for the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering at John Wallace Middle School in Newington CT (and one of our dedicated STEMPilot program teachers/sim users), contacted us recently to tell us about a new lesson he just did with his class. He summarized it as, “…we used the Edustations to get six sets of climb data, averaged the six sets, then did linear regression analysis to get the average climb rate of the airplane. This was a class of 7th graders…”
He expanded the lesson in his blog post (which we have copy and pasted below). However, Bryan is a wonderful resource and we strongly recommend not stopping there. Visit his blog on the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering website to read about more lessons and activities he has done with his students. > https://aerospaceandengineeringacademy.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/integrating-stem-lessons-2/ <
Integrating STEM Lessons
Posted Feb. 13, 2018 on aerospaceandengineeringacademy.wordpress.com
Students at the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering benefit from an integrated STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum everyday, but some days we are able to completely integrate these four disciplines. Today was such a day for the 7th graders. In 7th grade science, they have learned about simple machines, and compared the way an airplane climbs to an inclined plane. In aerospace science, they have learned how to fly an airplane and control it. In algebra they are learning how to find the line of best fit for a set of data points using linear regression, and to judge how well the data is correlated. They also have learned to use TI-84 graphing calculators and STEMPilot Edustation flight simulators, two pieces of learning technology we use weekly. Today’s assignment was for each crew (group of 4 students) to fly a flight simulator as if they were a flight test crew, carefully holding a steady airspeed as they climbed to an altitude of 3000 feet. On the way up, the crew members who were not flying were tasked with timing the climb and noting the elapsed time at every 500 feet of altitude. We got six sets of data from the six crews, then averaged the times to reach each 500-foot increment. Then we discussed how to do the linear regression, and the students computed a linear equation for the line of best fit and calculated the correlation coefficient, which was almost perfect. We discussed how the slope of this line was the climb rate, and we converted into units that pilots use, feet per minute. All this was done in about 40 minutes–an outstanding performance–and every student was involved. Here are photos of the students on the flight simulators and their data table with calculations:
Teachers have spoken
We get asked all the time how schools are using our simulators and what are some lessons or activities they can do to expand their program. However, our knowledge base only goes so far when it comes to what our innovative STEM teachers cook up in their classroom. That being said, let’s grow together. From teachers, to pilots, simmers and more what lessons have you come up with for your students? Email your activities, projects or even helpful tips for flying in the classroom to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post and share them with the STEMPilot community.