NASA's Aviation Safety
Subject Area: History
Grade Level: 9-12
National History Standards:
- Analyze specific events, make general observations about
behavior in a human community based on these events, and apply
those in proposing solutions for a persistent social problem.
- Understand the varied uses of evidence and data and use both
to make interpretations concerning public issues.
- Construct and draw inferences from charts, tables, and graphs
that summarize data from real-world situations.
National Technology Standards:
- Technology Research Tools - Select and apply technology
tools for research, information analysis, problem-solving, and
decision-making in content learning.
- Technology Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Tools -
Routinely and efficiently use on-line information resources to
meet needs for collaboration, research, publications,
communications, and productivity.
- After reading the explanation given below, use the World Wide
Web to access additional information needed to complete a set of
questions and create a graph of related information.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the graph by observing trends
and drawing conclusions.
With the increases in air traffic and developments in the aviation
industry, there are greater concerns regarding aviation safety.
Currently, NASA Glenn Research Center is involved in the
implementation of a federal Aviation Safety Program in conjunction
with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This program is
designed to improve the safety of our nation's skies into the 21st
century. You will be investigating several aircraft accidents,
creating a graph of aircraft fatalities for the years 1920-present,
and reviewing the current focus of NASA's Aviation Safety
Access several Web sites to investigate airline disasters from
1920-1998 and complete the questions as well as the graph in the
problem set. The following sites will provide information on aviation
Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing
from the FAA http://www.asias.faa.gov/portal/page/portal/ASIAS_PAGES/ASIAS_HOME
Aviation Safety Network
To view the questions and graph requirements, click on Accident
Problem Set. When finished with that part of the activity, click
Safety Program and review the material under NASA Initiatives.
Then return to Accident Problem Set
and answer the questions pertaining to the Aviation Safety
Boeing 737-222 Air Florida , 13th January
You, or you and your partner(s), will be evaluated on the
feasibility of your graph and answers.
You will demonstrate the ability to use information found
on the Internet to analyze and interpret data found in a chart,
create a graph using that information, and interpret trends shown
in the graph. Additionally, you will be asked to evaluate current
attempts at improving aviation safety.
Virginia A. Wendling, Olmsted Falls High School, Olmsted