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  1. Chadia Affane Aji
  2. Innovative Flight SImulation Experiences for Students and Teachers
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Tuskegee University
  1. Mohammad Javed Khan
  2. http://www.tuskegee.edu/academics/colleges/ceps/aerospace_science/khan_appointed_head_of_aerospace_science_engineering_dept.aspx
  3. Professor
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Tuskegee University

Innovative Flight Simulation Experiences for Students and Teachers

NSF Awards: 0929609

2015 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

Flight simulation is used as an active-learning environment to teach and learn mathematics and science concepts for 9-12 grade students. The approach is PC-based and uses off-the-shelf hardware and software. The innovative hands-on activity is chosen in view of the excitement that is generated by flying an airplane and low cost of the associated hardware/software.
Several mathematics and science lessons, that engage students with hands-on activities on the flight simulator, have been developed to reinforce the concepts. When students fly a mission, data is automatically recorded in a text file. Data needed for the corresponding lesson is then extracted into Excel sheet using specially developed macros. Students use the flight parameter data to determine answers to scenario-based questions. Therefore, the flight simulation environment allows students to understand the connection between math and science learned in the classroom with real life situation.

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