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A Beginners Guide to Aeronautics - NASA Curriculum Course!

Quantum Physics for Kids
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,252)
In this 12-session course, we'll dive into the NASA-designed middle grade curriculum for aeronautics, motion physics, airplane design, rocketry and aerodynamics! #academic (Afterschool / Homeschool)

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
12 lessons//12 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Newton's 3 Laws of Motion
Introduction to the course and Newton's Laws of Motion via the context of aeronautics and everyday life.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
The Wright Way
Based on the NASA lesson of the same name, this session discusses the history and physics of the Wright Brothers' early aircraft.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Intro to Jet Propulsion
Session 3 utilizes NASA curriculum on jet propulsion and reviews Newton's 3 Laws of Motion in the context of jet propulsion.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Aerodynamics of Baseball and Bernoulli's Principle
The Aerodynamics of baseball is a NASA curriculum lesson that discusses Bernoulli's principle and includes an interactive baseball pitch simulator. Key aeronautic concepts are explored in the context of baseball.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Model Rockets and Real Rockets
This session investigates the similarities and differences between model rockets and real rockets. The Rocket Equation is discussed.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Water Rockets
Water rockets are an excellent beginner rocket since they don't require flammable materials. The physics and how-to of building a water rocket are reviewed.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Kite and Wind Tunnels
Based on the NASA lessons about Kites and Wind Tunnels, we will explore how and why kites fly. We'll also discuss wind tunnels and how students can build their own wind tunnel.
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Aircraft Motion and Aerodynamics
This session discusses aircraft motion as related to aerodynamics, and introduces concepts for how pilots steer aircraft.
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Electric Aviation Innovations
The aircraft industry is developing new electric aircraft to address concerns of climate impacts of air travel. This session explores recent innovations in electric aviation design and engineering.
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Compressible Aerodynamics
High-speed aerodynamics is its own category, called "Compressible Aerodynamics," referring to the compression of fluid (air) at high speeds. As aircraft approach and exceed the speed of sound, the fluid dynamics change considerably. This session introduces this special category of flight.
 Week 11
Lesson 11
Session 11 continues the exploration of high-speed air flight, discussing aircraft flying at hypersonic speeds (Mach 5 and above).
 Week 12
Lesson 12
Aerodynamics of Multirotor Drones
Our final class session explores the physics and mechanics of drones and helicopters.
Week-by-week Course Topics:
Session 1 - Intro to the field of Aeronautics and Newton's Laws of Motion
Session 2  - Reliving the Wright Way
Session 3 - Beginners Guide to Jet Propulsion
Session 4 - Aerodynamics of Baseball and Bernoulli's Principle
Session 5  - Model Rockets and Real Rockets
Session 6  - Water Bottle Rockets and Aerodynamics 
Session 7  - Kites and Wind Tunnels
Session 8  - Aircraft Motion and Aerodynamics
Session 9  - Electric Aviation Innovations
Session 10  -  Compressible Aerodynamics
Session 11  -  Guide to Hypersonics
Session 12  - Aerodynamics of multirotor drones
This course is taught by Quantum Physics for Kids instructor Prof. Mark Baraket (M.S. Astrophysics UC Berkeley), a professional astrophysicist with a commitment to teaching the next generation of scientists. Quantum Physics for Kids is dedicated to introducing young students to the amazing world of quantum physics, invention & science research! We've been offering STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) classes and creating educational materials for students of all ages for over 15 years. We're excited to share this course content with more students through Outschool. 
Homework Offered
Optional Homework Review Handouts will be provided after each class session to reinforce learning and retention of aeronautics principles.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Learner progress will be assessed through completion of optional homework assignments and class participation.
Grades Offered
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,252)
We're excited to support your child in exploring quantum physics, science and inventions! Our classes are designed to get kids excited about physics and its impact on our lives, while supporting students in developing critical thinking skills. Our... 
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weekly or $216 for 12 classes
1x per week, 12 weeks
50 min

Completed by 61 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-14
5-12 learners per class

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