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About the Glenn Learning Technologies Project

Seeking revolutionary technologies for educational applications, and sharing Aerospace Technology through Web-based resources, computer simulations, and videoconferences.

Glenn LTP Members
Glenn Learning Technologies Project members include:

Theresa M. Scott - Project Manager
Thomas J. Benson - Engine Systems Technology Branch
Joseph C. Kolecki - Space Propulsion and Power Division
Ruth A. Petersen - Educational Coordinator
David A. Mazza - Technology Coordinator, Web Curator

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.

What people are saying...

Dear Webmaster,

This is to inform you that your website ("Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics") has been included in the PSIgate Physical Sciences Information Gateway:

Led by the PSIgate team at the University of Manchester, PSIgate is a free online catalogue of high quality Internet resources in the physical sciences. Resources are selected, catalogued and indexed by researchers and other specialists in their respective fields.

A link, summary and details of your website have been included in PSIgate and can be viewed

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,

Marty (Teacher)

Engineering Physics
Chantilly Academy HS
Chantilly VA


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.


Hi Kathy,

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 online resources.

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.

Student teacher
Kopachuck Middle School
Gig Harbor Wa

Mr. Benson

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 it.

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.

If this isn't required reading in High School physics classes, then it should be.

Best Wishes,

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.

Tulsa, OK

Other NASA LTP and related education links

NASA wide Learning Technologies Project -
NASA Education Site -

NASA Quest Site -
The Robotics Education Project -

The Educators Resources Page -
The NASA Glenn Educational Programs Office -

Additional NASA Distance Learning Projects

At Johnson Space Center:
Distance Learning Outpost

At Glenn Research Center:
The Virtual Interactive Classroom (VIC)

At Ames Research Center:
Aero Design Team Online
Learning Technologies Channel

At Langley Research Center:
The NASA SCIence Files™

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Responsible NASA Official: Theresa.M.Scott (Acting)