What Does it Mean to “Circumnavigate”?

  • September 9

Amelia Earhart was an American aviator who mysteriously disappeared in 1937 while trying to circumnavigate the globe from the equator. Earhart was the 16th woman to be issued a pilot’s license. She had several notable flights, including becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928, as well as the first person to fly over both the Atlantic and Pacific. Here, we explore what is meant, mathematically, by the term “circumnavigation.” Supplementary Activity Guides to extend... CONTINUE READING

What Materials Did the Wright Brothers use to Build the Flyer-and Why?

  • September 9

Design is often fueled by the designers’ experiences and in the case of the Wright Brothers, their background in bicycle repair shaped their design of the Flyer. Here, we observe the Flyer exhibit at the museum and make connections to bicycles – so you can think of the Flyer as a flying bicycle in some ways! Supplementary Activity Guides to extend student learning at the Frontiers of Flight Museum for K-12 grade levels are freely available here:... CONTINUE READING

How is Spaceship One Uniquely Designed to Achieve its Goals?

  • September 9

SpaceShipOne is a rocket-powered aircraft with sub-orbital spaceflight capability at speeds of up to 3,000 ft/s (900 m/s). Its unique design features a “feathering” atmospheric reentry system where the rear half of the wing and the twin tail booms fold 70 degrees upward. Watch the video to understand the function of this unique design. Also, learn how you can do a simple experiment at home to see the rationale behind this design. Supplementary Activity Guides to extend student learning at th... CONTINUE READING