Aerospace Engineering

A course on all things flying: gliders, planes, quadcopters, rovers, satellites, and rockets!

1st Quarter

Unit 1: Aerodynamics

Due: September 6, 2019

An introduction to the concepts, vocabulary, and mathematics that define aerodynamics for things that fly.

Unit 2: Gliders

Due: September 27, 2019

Designing, building, and testing a ariety of gliders to understand the fundamentals of flight.

Unit 3: Navigation

Due: October 18, 2019

Learning to fly a Cessna plane using flight simulator software, and how to navigate from the sky!

2nd Quarter

Unit 4: Frame Design

Due: November 8, 2019

A look at how Aerospace Engineers design plane components, and an introduction using Autodesk Inventor Frame Analysis tools.

Unit 5: Composites

Due: November 27, 2019

Investigate the properties of different composite materials, and consider how they might be useful in Aerospace applications.

Unit 6: Quadcopters

Due: December 13, 2019

Learn what makes a quadcopter fly as you practice flying different types of quadcopters before building and flying your own!

3rd Quarter

Unit 7: Physiology & Society

Due: January 24, 2020

Investigate what travelling in zero-gravity does to the human body, and how our society manages their interactions in space.

Unit 8: Orbits

Due: February 14, 2020

Learn about the different kinds of orbits, their uses in aerospace engineering, and how to construct and simulate custom orbits.

Unit 9: Remote Surveying

Due: March 6, 2020

Discover the role that satelites play in exploring remote locations before you build your own Martian remote surveyor.

4th Quarter

Unit 10: Remote Rovers

Due: April 3, 2020

Engineers use rovers to explore remote surfaces like the moon and Mars; you’ll learn the history and build your own rover!

Unit 11: Rockets

Due: April 24, 2020

Here you’ll simulate various rocket designs before planning, building, and launching your own model rockets.

Unit 12: Individual Projects

Due: May 8, 2020

Here you get the chance to apply everything you’ve learned about engineering to plan, design, and build your own project!