Grizzly Faculty and Staff 2015-16
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Here is a CTE teacher, Mr. Whayland, and a few of his Aerospace Engineering students. In this picture, students are working on testing gliders that they constructed to meet an engineering design challenge. Students modeled a glider on the computer, capable of gliding at least 50 feet without hitting a wall or veering off course. Students then used computer simulations to test the flight stability and built a functional scale model. The students tested the models in the hallway using a catapult launch system. Some of the principles that were discovered through this project were the effects of center of gravity, flight stability and lift/stall characteristics of airplanes. Students also relied heavily on their ability to problem solve and troubleshoot as they competed in a longest flight competition using the models they constructed. The winner made a glider that would fly straight for almost 80 feet!