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This award-winning website gives us excellent opportunities for
using math in problem-solving situations. It combines the science
of aeronautics with math skills and processes. There are three sections:
There are nine activities in this section. "Flight Path"
has you calculate the shortest path between two cities. In "Birds
Eye View", you learn how to pilot a helicopter by recognizing
geometric shapes. In "Runways and Takeoffs," you calculate
the weight of a herd of buffalo you must fly to the prairies.
In "Filler Up," you fuel the plane for a flight
around the country.
Use the situations and skills of aviation pioneers to solve
Gone with the Windsstarring Amelia Earhart
Your assignment is to go back in time and help Amelia Earhart
arrive safely at Howland Island in the South Pacific. You can
change wind speed, wind direction, and compass headings as a part
of your flight.
Mission Possiblestarring Jimmy Doolittle
Your task is to take aerial photographs of various locations.
You fly using only the airplane instruments to guide you, just
as Jimmy Doolittle did.
In the Training and Design departments, you will go through a
series of activities to learn principles about airplane flight
here for a matrix connecting each activity to the NCTM content
and process standards.