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    The AIAA Educator Academy is designed as a standards-based hands-on program to involve students in creating solutions to real-world problems. From landing a rover on Mars to perform scientific discoveries, to the proper weight and balance of a cargo airplane in flight, to exploring the bounds of the atmosphere with a space weather balloon, these modules are meant to excite your students and encourage them to seek additional answers to the questions posed by the curriculum.


    The AIAA Educator Academy is your connection to practical applications of aerospace engineering and science.

    Engineers Make a World of Difference

    No profession unleashes the spirit of innovation like engineering. From research to real-world applications, engineers constantly discover how to improve our lives by creating bold new solutions that connect science to life in unexpected, forward-thinking ways. Few professions turn so many ideas into so many realities. Few have such a direct and positive effect on people's everyday lives. Engineers are the designers and inventors that help us better use science and technology in our world. And the imagination and creativity of engineers will to help us meet the needs of the 21st century.

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    Space-Weather-Balloon   Space Weather Balloon

    Learn to launch high-altitude weather balloons to teach students physics concepts and experimental research skills, and to make space exploration accessible to students.

    The developers of this curriculum module enjoyed hands-on exploration projects as students and wanted to provide similar - but bigger and better - experiences for the next generation.



    Mars-Rover-Celebration   Mars Rover

    This interdisciplinary module encompasses Martian geology, vulcanology, atmospheric science, biogeophysics, and space physics, as well as the engineering disciplines of aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, power systems engineering, thermal management, robotics, mechanical engineering, and systems design.

    The heart of the Mars Rover Celebration module is an inquiry-based collaborative learning process. The program begins with students learning about the mission design process, the design criteria for a rover, and conducting basic research on Mars in order to build a Mars Rover model.


    Electric-Cargo-Airplane   Electric Cargo Airplane

    Student teams are challenged to build an airplane with maximum dimensions of 3' length, width, and height around a specified DC motor that can carry the maximum amount of cargo as it flies around a power pole that supplies electricity and mechanical support via a tether.

    The challenge reinforces many key concepts in elementary physics such as kinematics and dynamics while demonstrating how engineers combine science, math, research, and experimentation to build a successful cargo airplane.


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    Interested in attending or hosting a workshop?

    Please Contact: Karen Thomas, Director of AIAA Membership, at