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The Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics (BGA) and Beginner's Guide to Rockets (BGR) were created as Web-based "textbooks." The creation of these web sites is a research project to explore the use of the personal computer and the Internet to present educational materials to students, teachers, and lifelong learners in a more interactive way than a printed, bound textbook.

Another method for reaching students, teachers and lifelong learners is the use of Distance Learning. Several Power Point presentations have been prepared for the Digital Learning Network, some using information from the BGA. Additional information is provided concerning space flight in support of the BGR. On this page, we provide a listing of the presentations.

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Aeronautics

  • Aerodynamic Lift Talk A Power Point presentation prepared for students on 10 Dec 02 describing aerodynamic lift.
  • Forces on an Airplane A Power Point 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 Power Point presentation prepared for students on 24 Feb 03 describing forces and Newton's laws applied to airplanes and model rockets.
  • Jet Propulsion Talk A Power Point presentation prepared for students on 24 Feb 03 describing jet engines and the equations which describe their operation.
  • Out of Control Talk A Power Point 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 Power Point presentation prepared for 4th graders on 15 Mar 04 describing the various flight regimes and problems associated with high speed flight.
  • Falling Objects A Power Point 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. And another version dealing with Galileo's other scientific interests was prepared on 10 Jan 06 for an 11th grade World History class.
  • 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.
  • Wind Tunnel Experiments for Grades 8 - 12 A Power Point presentation prepared by Dr. Judy Van Zante on 15 June 99 describing the operations of wind tunnels and possible student experiments.
  • Wind Tunnel Aerodynamics A Power Point presentation prepared by Dr. Charles Trefny on 20 Sept 02 describing wind tunnel models, types and operation.

Centennial of Flight

  • Wright 1903 Engine Talk A Power Point 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 Power Point 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 Power Point presentation describing the invention process of the Wright brothers from 1899 to 1905. Contains only photographs taken by the brothers.
  • Wright Brothers' Talk A longer version of the Power Point presentation describing the invention process of the Wright brothers from 1899 to 1905. Prepared on Mar. 30, 2004 for the NSTA Convention in Atlanta.
  • The Invention Process A Power Point 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 Power Point 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.
  • Ratios and Proportions A Power Point presentation given by "Wilbur Wright" about ratios and proportions and how they were used in the invention of the airplane. Prepared on 23 Mar 04 for 6th grade students in support of the Digital Learning Network (revised 2 Nov 04).
  • Forces and Motion A Power Point presentation given by "Wilbur Wright" about the forces in flight and the resulting motion of an airplane. Prepared on 13 Jul 05 for NES teachers in support of the Digital Learning Network.
  • Invention Process A Power Point presentation given by the brothers during "Take Your Kids to Work" Day at NASA Glenn, June, 2005.
  • Simple Machines A Power Point presentation about simple machines and how they were used by the Wright brothers in the invention of the airplane. Prepared on 14 Nov 05 for 10th grade students in support of the Digital Learning Network.

Space Flight

  • Rocket Modeler Talk A Power Point presentation prepared for students on 26 Feb 03 describing RocketModeler and the forces on a model rocket.
  • Model Rocket Stability and Control A Power Point presentation describing how model rockets and real rockets are controlled during launch. Prepared on Jan 5, 2004.
  • This IS Rocket Science A Power Point 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 Power Point presentation prepared for 8th graders on 23 Feb 05 describing the basics of rocket propulsion and flight.
  • Rocket Science - Advanced A Power Point presentation prepared for 10th graders on 21 Apr 05 giving more mathematical details of rocket propulsion and flight.
  • Rocket Science - for Teachers A Power Point presentation prepared for NASA Educator Astronaut Teachers on 28 Jul 05 giving even more mathematical details of rocket propulsion and flight.
  • Math and Explorers A Power Point presentation prepared for AIAA Space '05 on 29 Aug 05 giving a quick example of Newton's laws applied to stomp rocket flight.
  • A Review of Man in Space A Power Point 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 Power Point presentation prepared for 5th graders on 19 Oct 04 describing the parts and mission profile for the Space Shuttle.
  • Return to Flight A Power Point 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 Power Point presentation prepared for 8th graders on 13 May 04 describing the race to the moon.
  • History of Humans in Space A Power Point presentation prepared for 6th graders on 15 Feb 05 describing the history of human space travel, from Vostok to the ISS.
  • History of the Apollo Moon Program A Power Point 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 Power Point 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 Power Point 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 Power Point 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 Power Point presentation prepared for 8th graders on 22 Feb 05 showing images from spaceflights in which the crew and ground control saved the mission.
  • Back to the Future A Power Point 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.
  • Humans to Mars A Power Point presentation prepared for 10-11-12th graders on 5 Feb 06 describing the problems involved with going to Mars.

Others

  • Aerospace Career Talk A Power Point 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.

NEAT/SEMAA Teacher Workshop - 2009

  • Beginner's Guide Overview A Power Point presentation describing the Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics. Prepared in July, 2009.
  • Aerodynamics A Power Point presentation describing the basics of physics for moving fluids. Also includes a section on the Standard Day atmosphere model and software, topics concerning relative velocity, and terminology applied to airplanes.
  • First Flight A Power Point presentation describing the invention of the airplane by the Wright Brothers.
  • Kites A Power Point presentation describing the aerodynamics of kites, the Beginner's Guide to Kites, and software.
  • Forces and Motion A Power Point presentation describing the four forces of flight and the resulting linear motion of an aircraft.
  • Theories of Lift A Power Point presentation describing some of the incorrect and the correct theory that describes the generation of lift.
  • Airplane #1 A Power Point presentation of 2 slides. When printed, double sided, students can fold a maneuverable paper airplane
  • Airplane #2 A Power Point presentation of 2 slides. When printed, double sided, students can fold a sleek paper airplane
  • Stability and Control A Power Point presentation describing the conditions necessary for flight stability. Also discussed is the action of flight control devices on an aircraft.
  • Design Process A Power Point presentation describing the process of design for aircraft. Also includes and activity built around the process of design, manufacture, and flight test of a paper airplane.
  • Shapes and Materials A Power Point presentation describing the variables that drive the selections of materials and shape of an aircraft.
  • A Trip to the Airport A Power Point presentation containing many pictures of airliners as the are leaving from, flying to, and returning to an airport. The pictures are chosen to demonstrate many aerodynamic design principles.
  • Airplanes A Power Point presentation containing many pictures of military aircraft. The pictures are chosen to demonstrate aerodynamic design principles.

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