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Power Point Presentations


Here are a group of Power Point presentations and activities that I have used as part of the Digital Learning Network, and the Speaker's Bureau, when talking with young students about aerospace and aerospace careers. You are encouraged to copy the files to your own computer and to modify them as desired for your own presentations.

Careers

  • Aerospace Career Talk A presentation describing aspects of a career in aerospace engineering. Prepared on Aug 25, 2003, using slides from a talk in 2001.
  • Teamwork in Aerospace A presentation prepared for National Engineer's Week which contains instructions and slides for an activity built around teamwork in aerospace. Groups of students form small companies to build and test paper airplanes in a NASA competition.
  • On-line Aerodynamics Educational Resources A presentation prepared for NEW on 27 Jan 06 which gives an overview of the on-line resources available from the Education Programs Office. An earlier version was prepared in Nov 04.

Basic Math and Science

  • Falling Objects A presentation prepared for 12th graders on 20 May 04 describing the physics and mathematics of falling objects in a vacuum and in the atmosphere. Includes the Apollo 15 experiment. A younger version of this talk was prepared on 2 Mar 05 for 5th graders.
  • Simple Machines A presentation about simple machines and how they are applied to problems related to rocketry. Prepared on 12 Oct 05. A previous version includes examples from the Wright Brothers and a scavenger hunt for simple machines. Prepared in support of the Digital Learning Network.
  • Forces and Motion A Power Point presentation prepared for NASA Explorer School teachers on 16 July 04 describing the forces that act on an airplane. A more extensive version was produced 14 Jul 05 for another group of NES teachers.

Space Flight

  • Back to the Future A presentation prepared for parents and students on 25 Jan 05 describing human space flight from the days of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, through the Space Shuttle and International Space Station, and back to the Moon with the Crew Exploration Vehicle. Includes computer movie of CEV going to the Moon.
  • Rocket Modeler Talk A presentation prepared for students on 26 Feb 03 describing RocketModeler and the forces on a model rocket.
  • Model Rocket Stability and Control A presentation describing how model rockets and real rockets are controlled during launch. Prepared on Jan 5, 2004.
  • This IS Rocket Science A presentation prepared for 5th graders on 15 Oct 04 describing the basics of rocket propulsion and flight. Includes the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavor.
  • Rocket Science A presentation prepared for 8th graders on 23 Feb 05 describing the basics of rocket propulsion and flight.
  • Rocket Science - Advanced A presentation prepared for 10th graders on 21 Apr 05 giving more mathematical details of rocket propulsion and flight.
  • Rocket Science - College A presentation prepared for 12th graders on 21 Oct 05 giving the mathematical details of rocket propulsion and flight using calculus.
  • Rocket Science - for Teachers A presentation prepared for NASA Educator Astronaut Teachers on 28 Jul 05 giving even more mathematical details of rocket propulsion and flight.
  • A Review of Man in Space A presentation prepared for 6th graders on 31 May 05 giving some information on space history, moon landings, rocket science, and future plans.
  • The Space Shuttle A presentation prepared for 5th graders on 19 Oct 04 describing the parts and mission profile for the Space Shuttle.
  • The Space Shuttle A presentation prepared for 5th graders on 25 Oct 05 describing the many different missions of the Space Shuttle.
  • Return to Flight A presentation prepared for 5th graders on 27 Apr 05 describing the mission profile for STS-114, Return to Flight of the Space Shuttle.
  • The Space Race A presentation prepared for 8th graders on 13 May 04 describing the race to the moon.
  • History of Humans in Space A presentation prepared for 6th graders on 15 Feb 05 describing the history of human space travel, from Vostok to the ISS. An undergraduate version of this talk is also available.
  • History of the Apollo Moon Program A presentation prepared for 7th graders on 17 Mar 05 describing the history of the moon program. Includes pictures from all of the Apollo missions of the early 1970's.
  • Humans in Space A presentation prepared for 8th graders on 21 Jan 05 describing the space environment and the problems people face in low earth orbit.
  • Human Biology in Space A presentation prepared for 10-11-12th graders on 3 Feb 05 describing the biological problems people face in low earth orbit.
  • Risks in Space Flight A presentation prepared for 8th graders on 21 Jan 05 describing the space environment and the risks associated with space flight.
  • Risks in Space Flight II A presentation prepared for 8th graders on 22 Feb 05 showing Images from spaceflights in which the crew and ground control saved the mission.

Aeronautics

  • Aerodynamic Lift Talk A presentation prepared for students on 10 Dec 02 describing aerodynamic lift.
  • Forces on an Airplane A presentation prepared for students on 25 Mar 03 describing the four forces on an airplane and methods for modeling those forces. A more graphic version was produced on 1 Jun 05.
  • Aerodynamics, Propulsion and Model Rockets Talk A presentation prepared for students on 24 Feb 03 describing forces and Newton's laws applied to airplanes and model rockets.
  • Jet Propulsion Talk A presentation prepared for students on 24 Feb 03 describing jet engines and the equations which describe their operation.
  • Out of Control Talk A presentation prepared for students on 7 Apr 03 describing flight control and how flight control has evolved from the Wright brothers until today.
  • High Speed Flight A presentation prepared for 4th graders on 15 Mar 04 describing the various flight regimes and problems associated with high speed flight.

Centennial of Flight

  • Wright 1903 Engine Talk A presentation prepared for students on 10 Apr 03 describing the operation of the Wright brothers' 1903 gasoline-powered, internal combustion engine.
  • Wright Brothers' Invention Talk A presentation prepared for the general public in Winter 03 describing the invention process of the Wright brothers from 1899 to 1905.
  • Wright Brothers' Talk A shorter version of the presentation describing the invention process of the Wright brothers from 1899 to 1905. Contains only photographs taken by the brothers.
  • The Invention Process A presentation given by "Wilbur and Orville Wright" about the scientific processes used in the invention of the airplane. Prepared on 25 Jun 04 for 9th grade students in support of the Digital Learning Network.
  • The Wright-Curtiss Connection A presentation showing pictures from the early days of aviation, with particular emphasis on the Wright Brothers, Langley, Bell, and Glenn Curtiss. Prepared on 2 Feb 05 for 6th grade students in support of the Digital Learning Network.
  • Wright Brothers at Huffman Prairie A presentation describing the flight experiments of the Wright brothers at Huffman Prairie from 1904 to 1905. Prepared on Oct. 5, 2005 for the Centennial Of Practical Flight at Huffman Prairie, O.
  • Invention Process A presentation given by the brothers during "Take Your Kids to Work" Day at NASA Glenn, June, 2005.

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