Dayton Regional STEM Center
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Industry: Power and Propulsion

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Evolution of Aircraft: Propellers to Scramjets

This activity will familiarize students with the history of aircraft propulsion beginning with the modeling of a vehicle using a propeller as a means of propulsion. The goal is to allow students to design an aircraft using specific materials that utilize air propulsion from a balloon as a means to travel. Using tools of measurement…
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Nature of Flight

The lesson will focus on how the principles of flight are demonstrated in nature and how nature can provide models for man-made air vehicles.  Mankind has learned (and is learning) a great deal by observing living organisms in attempt to replicate their physical abilities.  The intent of this lesson is to leverage the students’ interest…
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Let’s Generate

This lesson compliments the Dayton Regional STEM Center lesson titled Electric Motors (designed for grade 11). Students will dissemble a toy motor in order to understand the transformation of kinetic energy to mechanical energy.  Through experimentation and research students will discover how to turn their motor into a wind generator.  Students will then study the…
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Electric Motors

In electric vehicles, electric motors take the place of gasoline engines as a means of propulsion.  Electric motors can be used both for propulsion and for braking.  When you put electrical energy into an electric motor it converts the electrical energy into mechanical energy and can be used to propel a vehicle.  When you want…
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