About the Glenn Learning
revolutionary technologies for educational applications, and sharing
Aerospace Technology through Web-based resources, computer simulations,
Glenn LTP Members
Technologies Project members include:
M. Scott - Project Manager
Thomas J. Benson - Engine Systems Technology
Joseph C. Kolecki - Space Propulsion
and Power Division
Ruth A. Petersen - Educational
David A. Mazza - Technology Coordinator, Web
LTP would like to give
a special mention to the creator of the wonderful simulators, and
the beginners guides located on this site. His contributions to
this project have our site numbering the highest total hit count
on the NASA Glenn Research Center web. Many wonderful comments (as
seen below) have been received from our visitors and users of his
materials. He is one of the reasons for the success of the Glenn
LTP and contributes so much to the learning and inspriation of our
young engineers of tomorrow. We at the NASA Glenn Learning Technologies
Project give a big thank you to Mr. Thomas Benson.
people are saying...
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Thanks for a marvelous website Tom!
It looks like there have been some wonderful improvements since
I took my class here last year. The guided tours are a great aid
to navigation and I see some more interesting and challenging problems
to solve. Great! I have many students who are GT and taking calculus,
so these problems are a nice challenge to them. Plus, they begin
to see some real-world application to calculus. I don't try to teach
aerodynamics from a textbook, you're website is the best way to
teach and learn it!
Again, excellent website, and thanks for all your hard work,
Chantilly Academy HS
I discovered and downloaded this program tonight and fiddled with
it for hours. It reminded me of when I was about 15 years old and designed,
built and launched a homemade rocket made from discarded gift wrap tubing
a hand-made parachute and a plastic trailer hitch ball cover for the nose
cone. I used professional rocket engines and it actually flew to an estimated
altitude of about 300 feet. In fact, I still have that rocket.
The program was as much fun to play with as that rocket was. It makes
me wish I had studied rocketry in school instead of history.
Nevertheless, thanks for the fun program.
I teach technology education at Warrington Middle School, Pensacola,
FL. There are three modules in which I use Foilism, ModelRocket, and Kites
as well as most all your other software associated with these programs
during regular instruction. They are an invaluable asset in my teaching
curriculum for these modules and the kids enjoy working with them and
their interactivity is a major plus. At the 8th grade level, these programs
are a major plus and easily understandable by this student age group.
I have forwarded all the sites to the other technology education teachers
in Escambia County. Thanks for making them available.
I hope I'm addressing the correct person. I wanted to provide some
feedback on your "Glenn Learning Technologies Project". Particularly
the "Aeronautics Resources" section.
I am a private pilot in the UK (London) and I'm currectly studying
for my commercial licence theory exams (JAR-ATPL(A)). I came across your
website and it's been a valuable tool for me in understanding principles
of flight and powerplants. It's always useful to have as much
information as possible; I find it helps to have subject explained in
a different style.
I have visited JSC, KSC and MSFC on my visits to the US over the
years and continue to be fascinated by the space programme and the many
educational resources that NASA provide.
I realise this is a difficult time for NASA and I just wanted to
send some positive comments in support of the administration. I look forward
to visiting NASA again soon, until then I will continue to use the excellent
Thanks and best regards,
I am a student teacher and your web site with mathematical information
has been very helpful. I even shared some of the information with a student
who was impressed that a NASA engineer had information about Pythagorean
triples on the web site. He had noticed a pattern while we were discussing
the theorem and I gave him your data on triples.
Thanks for the effort you put out.
Kopachuck Middle School
Gig Harbor Wa
The VTC yesterday was fabulous! I am sorry that schedule constraints would
not allow us to stay longer. Thank you for making the program so kid centered
and for emphasizing the importance of math and science in lives. From
reading the students notebooks, I think they learned alot. THANKS for
the time you spent preparing this presentation. We thoroughly enjoyed
P.S. Please say
a BIG thank you to Teryn!
Just a short note
of thanks for the absolutely fantastic pages in the Aerodynamics
Index of the Glenn
Research Center. The sheer amount of detailed information is nothing
short of astounding. Without it, I don't think that I would have gotten
through ground school. It has not only helped give me the good base knowledge
of aerodynamic theory that was needed, but it has also created quite an
interest in delving further into the more advanced theory because the material
is presented in such an easy to understand manner. When people ask why NASA
needs all that money to send the Shuttle into orbit they should be pointed
to a page like this to see that it's not all about playing with rockets
and taking pretty pictures of home.
this isn't required reading in High School physics classes, then it should
Steve in Canada
This is an awesome website for teaching and exploring aeronautics...
I have extended tours on teaching aeronautics that include hands-on activities.
Mini-Camps have really worked well for teaching various topics when school
is not in session. Aerospace Camp has been a huge success since its beginning.
Students earning their wings in 2000 were 247, 2001 were 250, and 2002
was 200. Each were taught aviation basics, rocketry and advanced rocketry.
Grades 1 - 9 attend expecting further education each summer.
Thank you for helping with my education support. Students talk science,
math and technology now, instead of Play Station 2 and video games.
Other NASA LTP and
related education links
NASA wide Learning
Technologies Project - http://learn.arc.nasa.gov
NASA Education Site - http://education.nasa.gov
NASA Quest Site - http://quest.nasa.gov
The Robotics Education Project
The Educators Resources
Page - http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/PAO/html/edteachr.htm
The NASA Glenn Educational Programs Office - http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/OEP
NASA Distance Learning Projects
At Johnson Space
At Glenn Research
The Virtual Interactive
At Ames Research
At Langley Research
The NASA SCIence