Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) – WVEIS#2200

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It takes knowledge and ingenuity to get a 50,000 lb plane to stay in the air. How would you solve this problem?

Model rocket launchJRTI has added a new STEM offering to our already impressive list of high school technical programs. Students can get a jump on their education in engineering and aerospace in our hands-on learning environment. If you’re thinking about pursuing an engineering degree in college or learning about one of the many aerospace industry support positions, don’t miss this opportunity!

The Aerospace Engineering program of study is designed to introduce students to the many aviation careers and further study in aerospace technologies and related industries. The program’s four‐course sequence will provide students with the opportunity to apply concepts and principles of atmospheric flight and space flight to authentic situations with an emphasis on propulsion systems, ballistic projectiles, airplane wing design, aerodynamic forces, pneumatic projectiles, and quality management and enhance their knowledge of space through a series of projects that include in‐depth research, concept application and prototype development.
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The Aerospace Engineering program will also develop technological literacy and stimulate interest in pursuing a career in aerospace engineering or related fields. While the program does not specifically provide projects in aviation mechanics, the knowledge and skills students learn and apply will enhance their success in postsecondary aviation studies. Students will learn to work in teams, think critically, identify problems, propose solutions, read and comprehend complex technical materials, and communicate understanding effectively in written, oral and electronic formats. They will apply math and science concepts and use technology to effectively solve real‐world, challenging problems. Through project‐based learning, students explore aerospace technologies and learn to apply those habits of behavior unique to the field.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Students will receive weighted credit for grades earned in these courses. Dual credit and/or articulation agreements will be available to students who successfully complete this course.

For the first year of this program, students can be scheduled in either AM or PM. It is strongly recommended that students have successfully completed honors mathematics and/or English prior to enrolling in this program.

1540 AC Aerospace Engineering I
This project-based-learning (PBL) course engages students who are curious about aerospace. In this course, students learn how to use an Engineering Design Process (EDP) to create prototypes and solve real world problems. Students work collaboratively in teams to design systems, solve problems, think critically, be creative, and communicate with each other and business partners. Students participate in experiences designing, building, and testing a pilot seat frame, kite, projectile and launcher, model rocket, airplane wing, and non-powered glider. As they develop these prototypes, they learn the underlying principles of aerospace, science, mathematics, and literacy.

1541 AC Aerospace Engineering II
The Advanced Aerospace Technology course builds on the foundation of Course 1 and engages students in applying the Engineering Design Process, using tools to collect and analyze data, exploring a deeper level of the science of aviation, and discovering how quality control systems work in the aviation field. Students will work collaboratively to design, build, and test a wing; plot a course for a plane to take off and land; design, build, and test a wing attachment system; test materials under stress; and design, build, and test an electric-powered plane. Students demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge and skills by presenting their innovative ideas, techniques, and solutions to business and industry partners.

1542 AC Aerospace Engineering III
This project-based learning course is for students who have successfully completed Courses 1 and 2. Students will learn about systems such as fight control, remote-control vehicles, and the virtual world. Students will learn to fly using flight simulators. They will work collaboratively to propose a shift from a VOR navigation system to a GPS system and determine the cost savings. In addition, student will develop rotor blades for helicopters and design and program an unmanned flying vehicle.

1543 AC Aerospace Engineering IV
Students in this capstone course will focus on outer space and underwater applications. During the five projects, they will work collaboratively to design, build, and test a laser communication system; develop a plan for space survivability in hostile environments; utilize software to create a three-dimensional model of a satellite orbit, and a team remote vehicle for underwater exploration. Depending on articulation agreements or state policy, students who successfully complete the course may be able to earn dual credit.

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EXAMPLE JOB TITLES

Aerospace Engineer
Pilot/Drone pilot
Airframe and Powerplant Technician
Avionics Technician
Air Traffic Controller
Aviation Safety Inspector
Airport Operations Specialist
Airway Transportation Systems Technician
Electrical Engineer
Ground Support/Crew Chief
Mechanical Engineer
Software Engineer

RELATED COLLEGE PROGRAMS

Aerospace Engineering
WVU
Morgantown, WV

Mechanical Engineering
WVU
Morgantown, WV

Physics
Marshall University
Huntington, WV

Mathematics
Marshall University
Huntington, WV

Space Studies
American Public University System
Charles Town, WV

Contact the Instructor

Paul Eisenhart
paul.eisenhart@k12.wv.us

WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THIS CLASS

In this program, students work independently and in teams. Learning is centered around projects that accurately reflect the engineering process in the field. Students design, build, and test models and prototypes, as well as produce engineering reports. Sample projects include developing model rockets and gliders.

SKILLS YOU WILL LEARN

The Engineering Design Process (design, build, and test), industry terminology, tools used to make decisions and solve problems, project management, appropriate and effective research, communicate information such as descriptive statistics to various stakeholders.

TOOLS YOU WILL USE

Computers, Client Assistance Programs, test equipment, and presentation tools.

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MAJOR UNITS OF STUDY

Engineering process
Wing design
Propulsion
Ballistics
Basic navigation
Material science