Aerospace Education Resources Portal

Aeronautics and Aerospace Science

The word aeronautics is of Greek origin, a combination of aero (air) and nautik? (navigation). Today, the word aeronautics means the science of flight, and the following resources will help your child explore that science through hands-on activities, games, and readings.


All Grades:

Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education: This extensive collection of activities and lessons are appropriate for children in grades Pre-K-12.
https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/aerospace-education/curriculum/lessons-activity-resources

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Micro Lessons: This collection of educational micro-lessons is appropriate for children of all ages and grade levels, and covers a wide variety of aerospace topics.
https://www.aiaa.org/get-involved/students-educators/k-12-teacher-resources/aerospace-micro-lessons

Explore Mars Rover Game: Created by NASA, this interactive game allows the player to guide the Mars Perseverance Rover.
https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/explore-mars/en/

Science Never Stops: Check out these daily aerospace science video updates from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
https://www.rocketcenter.com/scienceneverstops

NASAatHome: Explore NASA’s online collection of podcasts, e-books, virtual tours, and apps.
https://www.nasa.gov/specials/nasaathome/index.html


Grades Pre-K-2:

How Things Fly: An interactive, student friendly website with information on the four forces of flight, Newton's Laws of Motion, Bernoulli's Principle, and the three primary control surfaces.
http://howthingsfly.si.edu/

High Flyers Activity Book: Developed by NASA, this booklet includes a variety of mini-lessons and activities.
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/high_flyers.pdf


Grades 3-5:

Elementary Aeronautics: A detailed explanation of the four forces of flight and how airplane flight is controlled.
https://www.grc.nasa.gov/www/k-12/UEET/StudentSite/dynamicsofflight.html#forces

Fly By Math Air Traffic Control Game: This math game allows students to act like Air Traffic Controllers to ensure aircraft fly safely through designated air space.
https://www.smartskies.nasa.gov/flyby/


Grades 6-8:

The Four Forces of Flight: A robust explanation of the four forces of flight appropriate for middle school students.
https://www.grc.nasa.gov/www/k-12/airplane/forces.html

STEM in 30: A fast paced webcast series for middle school students with an extensive archive of 30-minute broadcasts. https://airandspace.si.edu/connect/stem-30/about

Redbird Virtual STEM Lab: Learn the basics of aerodynamics through through short, easy to use courses on aviation and flight science. https://learning.redbirdflight.com/courses/redbird-virtual-stem-lab/


Grades 9-12:

Basics of Spaceflight: Produced by NASA, this online tutorial provides an overview of space science and space flight.
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/basics/

Aviation 101 Course: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Aviation 101 course is perfect for a high school student interested in diving deep into aviation.
https://erau.edu/aviation101


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