Use virtual experiences and hands-on, standards-aligned STEM lessons to guide students as they explore key concepts in aerospace and engineering. Aligned standards include the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS: Math), and Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS: ELA).
Students will be introduced to one of the autonomous undersea vessels that Boeing has created and will brainstorm different capabilities that autonomous watercrafts could hold. Students will explore how to create self-sustaining propulsion and investigate designs that minimize environmental impact. They will apply these learnings by creating and testing a self-propelling model boat.
Students will imagine they are working with Boeing’s Ocean Team for an internship that focuses on unmanned undersea vehicles. To kickstart their internship, your students will rotate through stations to investigate negative and positive buoyancy with calculations and hands-on activities, which will help them design construct a prototype that exhibits a neutral buoyancy.
Invite your students to join the novel Eco-Exploration team where they will investigate climate change’s effect on the world’s oceans after learning about one of Boeing’s autonomous underwater vehicles. Students will then design how an eco-exploration experience could work with one of these vessels to teach others about how oceans are affected by climate change.
Sustainable Aviation Fuels
As members of Boeing’s Sustainability Research Team, students will compare and contrast sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with fossil fuels and present their findings to the class. Afterwards, students will write independent claims that identify which SAF they think Boeing should move forward with, concluding in a class vote.
Introduce students to bioremediation and begin exploring this concept through an experiment to see how organisms can be used to clean up contamination. Through this lesson, students will also have the opportunity to learn the positive effects of composting, and build their own mini-compost site, where they will learn how it is a form of bioremediation and the benefits composting has on their community.
Inspire students to learn how to make flights more sustainable by lessening the use of fuel and carbon dioxide through comparing and contrasting planes to how birds fly. After creating an understanding of flight adaptions, students will be introduced to memory metals and apply what they have learned to create an “ideal” plane wing to see how design and material science contributes to sustainable flight.