By the time we had reached Thursday, the group had agreed that we had obtained tons of information for the classroom. Our final day was no different. At the beginning of the day we took a tour of the Hangar on base. Any aircraft used in research were housed here.
Once we completed this tour we continued on to the Mechanics/Modeling building. Here we were introduced to a miniature wind tunnel.
This can be made using normal hardware materials. There are several places you can find instructions to build one, for example NASA has instructions at their site (you can find them here). There are also some YouTube videos on how to build a small wind tunnel. Definitely a great idea for class. Check out the short video showing the mechanics/model shop.
We also got a chance to see how models are made for testing and display. The materials used in creating these models were on display. Actually, we were given a couple of samples to show our classes. Since we use models throughout science and in class this is a great teaching tool. Plus the whole aerodynamics topic is another great physics topic.
Once we finished our tour of the Mechanics/Modeling area, we then prepared to present our experience to others. The presentations were to include everyone at the NASA centers. All the teachers who were chosen this year for teacher recognition, were to present a summary of their recognition experience. A great way to share what we had learned and how we could incorporate this into our classroom.
Yep. It was a great experience and now I have tons of information to organize and incorporate into the classroom.
At the conclusion of the experience, one thing was certain, we were given a taste of STEM careers. A ton of STEM career information to incorporate into the classroom.
Thank You NASA Explorers School!