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National Engineer's Week
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
- 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
- Simple Machines
A presentation about simple machines
and how they are applied to problems related to rocketry.
Prepared on 12 Oct 05. A
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.
- 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
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.
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
- 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
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.
- 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
prepared for students on 24 Feb 03 describing forces and Newton's laws applied to airplanes and
- Jet Propulsion Talk A presentation
prepared for students on 24 Feb 03 describing jet engines and the equations which describe
- 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.