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Preflight Briefing

The Aviation Project consists of the discovery and understanding of what an aviation academy looks like. It is up to the students to decide what high school subject areas and courses are offered to cover the key aspects of the aviation field. There are six subject areas involved in helping students find their way through the project: CAD, careers, English, history, math, and science. There are four components to the project: research, the brochure, the PowerPoint, and the Board Presentation. Each discipline covers a piece of each component. The teacher in each subject area directs students to think about a discipline and how it relates to aviation. The school library provides resources for research and reporting.

Flight Plan

Six classes of students are invited to a formal setting by invitation only to discuss the question, "What does an Aviation Academy look like?" Speakers from the district office explain the need for the academy and how the students can help. The speaker also shares a recent related newspaper article with the students. A spokesperson for the teachers concludes by giving an overview of how each component is accomplished through each class. The school library seats 100 students. Three classes are addressed at two assemblies in the school library.

After the district presentation, students are in class for the next few days reviewing the proposal and preparing for liftoff. During class time students brainstorm questions and ideas about aviation. Some want to know more of the science or history of aviation. Others decide they want to research careers in aviation and some are more interested in aviation math. Classes and groups of students in the school library use the LCD projector and a computer with Inspiration software to brainstorm ideas and questions and to collect the group's input. A student saves information from the class discussions to a disk.

Take Off

Teachers schedule classes and groups to the school library to research the history, careers, science, CAD or other aspects of aviation. Subjects of interest are isolated for some students and others subjects are combined for groups or classes.

A pilot who also is a local resident is invited to the library and is speaking to students interested in aviation history. The pilot presents first person, primary source information on serving as a pilot in a World War as an introduction to the history of aviation. Students interested in careers ask questions and discuss what kind of responsibilities and work was required of the pilot and his colleagues; what were some of the job titles and duties; and what are some of the possibilities for career choices in aviation.

Basic Library Research Skills and the Big 6 Research technique are introduced to classes and groups to orient students to library research. Students as individuals, in groups and as classes are introduced to information literacy standards, AUP's and netiquette.

As students are researching using history web sites, CD ROMS, books and periodicals, an absent student is being sent an email containing notes from class discussions from another student in the library. English students are working in groups and are reviewing Internet sites for Language Arts and information literacy standards. Those students interested in careers are searching for web sites for careers and using Discover, a CD ROM careers program. Students are using library computers to email information to one another and to communicate with other groups and with experts in the community and in the field of aviation.

Students with no access to computers at home use the school library before school, during lunch and after school to access their email accounts, word process and research and to work on their assignments and presentations.


In the school library, students are using the information collected and computers to write reports, to refine their brochures and PowerPoint presentations.

Completed math components of the project selected by the class are being sent to the English class for students to edit and add to the district booklet, and a copy of the class selected multimedia presentation is being sent to the CAD class for students to edit and add to the district booklet. On completion of the project students are using the school library to practice their presentation before bringing it to the school board.

Students are assessed by their teachers on their individual research papers, final group components (written document and multimedia presentation) in the classroom, and their district presentation report as a team.

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Created for the FermilabLInC program sponsored by FermiNational Accelerator Laboratory EducationOffice and Friendsof Fermilab, and funded by UnitedStates Department of Energy, IllinoisState Board of Education, NorthCentral Regional Technology in Education Consortium whichis operated by North Central RegionalEducational Laboratory (NCREL), and the NationalScience Foundation.

Author(s): Sandra Lane (sandlane90@hotmail.com)
School: Vallejo High School, Vallejo, CA
Created: February 15, 2001 - Updated: December 28, 2002
URL: http://www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/w01/projects/aviation/libraryscenario.htm