The Flight Test Project is the basis for the curriculum which is scalable to accommodate a wide range of students and time frames. The project uses a desktop flight simulator that records time-history flight test data such as speed, altitude, acceleration in flight. Students fly the simulator to conduct a variety of takeoff tests and then recover the data and compute the runway distance required to lift off. Variables such as weight, flap setting, temperature etc. can be adjusted to provide a variety of results that should correspond to physical laws.
The curriculum for the Flight Test Project is flexible, making it adaptable to learners of many levels of expertise. Students from 7th through 10th grade have successfully experienced this curriculum. Additionally, it is adaptable to time constraints by adjusting the breadth of the topics discussed.
Here are the files available for download to describe the project and to assist teachers in lesson planning: