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Beginner's Guide to Propulsion
Turbine Engine Identification

Subject Area(s): Science, Technology Education
Grade Level: 6-8
National Standards:

Science as Inquiry - Develop abilities and understandings necessary to do scientific inquiry.
Physical Science - Develop an understanding of properties and changes of properties in matter; motion, and forces, and the transference of energy.


Research Tools - Use content-specific tools, software and simulations (e.g., environmental probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to support learning and research.
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After reading about Gas Turbine Engines in the Beginner's Guide to Propulsion, you will demonstrate an understanding of the text by completing an activity on Gas Turbine Engines in which you will answer a number of questions on information found in the slides listed under Turbine Engine Parts and Engine Component Analysis in the Propulsion Index.

In the 21st century, airplanes are a normal part of everyday life. We see them fly over, or read about them, or see them on television. Most of us have traveled on an airplane, or know someone who has. Do you ever wonder how airplanes fly? What causes the lift that gets the airplane off the runway? How does a pilot control the movement of the airplane? Why are the engines on an airliner different from the engines on a fighter plane?

The Beginner's Guide to Propulsion is a Web site of information prepared at NASA Glenn Research Center to help you better understand aircraft engine propulsion. In the Propulsion Index, preview the slides under Turbine Engine Parts and Engine Component Analysis before you begin the activity. While completing the activity, use the slides to help you answer questions dealing with turbine engine parts and processes.

To begin the activity, click on the Turbine Engine Identification Activity.


You, or you and your partner(s), will be evaluated on the accuracy and/or feasibility of your answers.


You will demonstrate the ability to use the Beginner's Guide to Propulsion to identify and answer questions related to the turbine engine.

Submitted by: Devon Williams, J. P. McConnell Middle School, Loganville, Georgia

Related Pages:
Propulsion Activity Index
Propulsion Index


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