Aerospace Design and Construction
Entering Grades 6-8
Full Day Only - Includes Field Trip
Take on the creative challenge of aerospace engineering! Experience the tools used with modern aerostructures in a guided experience and work session in the Museumís Restoration Shop, then put the tools to the test by partially disassembling and reconstructing a real small aircraft.
Explore 21st century engineering design and cutting edge techniques in the Museumís new Invention Lab by using Computer Aided Design software to design and build a simple airfoil in cyberspace. Use a 3D printer to create a testable prototype, and use tabletop wind tunnels and flight tests to perfect the design.
Investigate real aircraft and modern aircraft operations with a special field trip to the Oakland Aviation Museum and FAA Enroute Operations Center.† See a wide range of high performance aircraft ranging from historic designs from the dawn of flight to supersonic fighter aircraft.† Observe FAA controllers at work separating commercial and private air traffic in the busy airspace surrounding the San Francisco Bay with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into aviation operations in our own backyard.
Engineer's Workshop Includes:
- Engineering Design Process
- Daily Design Challenges
- Advanced Model Aircraft Construction
- Restoration Shop Tour & Tool Orientation
- Group Disassembly/Reconstruction of Penguin Airplane
- Computer-Aided Design
- 3D Printing and Wind Tunnel Tests
- Advanced Flight Simulation
- Energy Cars
- Aerodynamics Labs
- Airliner Design Characteristics and Models
- Propeller Cars
- 3D Airplane Puzzles
- And More!
Session 11: August 11-15