
Power Point Presentations


The Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics (BGA) and
Beginner's Guide to Rockets (BGR)
were created
as Webbased "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.
Interactive Software
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
gasolinepowered, 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 WrightCurtiss 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 STS114,
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 101112th 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 101112th 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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