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Math in Aviation

Student Flight Plan




Welcome to this site. Can you see the control panel? (Table) Do you have your seatbelt on? (Internet Safety) Have you read all the flight manuels? (Citation, Acceptable Use Policy, Netiquette, Netiquette Quiz) Do you have communication with the control tower? (Aviation Command Center (Instructors), Free E-mail ) Do you know how to start take-off? (Student Newspaper, Student Pages) Do you know where to get help? (Aviation Resources) Do you have a flight map? (Document Rubrics, Multimedia Rubrics, Board Presentation Rubrics) These questions and more will be answered during your flight.


How are your decision-making skills? How well do you work alone and together with others? How much work are you willing to put in? Are you a self-started? Are you someone others would want to work with? If you dont know these answers, you soon will.


This flight will take you were no other student has traveled before. You along with your peers will have a part in designing an Aviation Academy. You will design the research, the layout of the academy, the promotion products, and the selling method for convincing the Vallejo School Board to accept your proposal.


The Task:


Starting today, your class has one semester (approximately eighteen weeks) to design and create a written document and a multimedia presentation that you will introduce at a student assembly and/or District Board Meeting. Your end products will demonstrate the need for an Aviation Academy and importance of incorporating Math into that Academy. Your planning and preparation for this task will determine if Vallejo School Board will approve such an academy. Your product will also be used as a promotional vehicle for recruiting students to this academy. To help you get started you need to keep the following in mind:

        Answer the question What does an aviation academy look like?

        Answer the main question How does math fit in this academy?

        Defend the math fit with resources, experts in the field, math skills required, and examples.

        Connect the math to the Math State Standards.

        Work together as a class and individual teams to produce an end product that will answer the above questions.

        Evaluate you and your teams progress throughout this flight.

        Remember you are the pilot, the teacher is part of the ground crew. Her job will be to assist when you hit bad weather.

        Work on math projects that support your investigation of Math in aviation.

        Use the tools of technology to enhance the more traditional methods of investigation.

        Have fun and take pride in your work. There is no salary, but the pay-off is great.


Where do we go from here? Down the runway to Project Assignments.


Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

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