Innovation and Invention

Innovation and Invention explores the relevant topic of transportation technologies. Students learn about the history of various methods of transportation including land, sea, air, and space. Students learn about careers in various transportation industries. Students connect with the technology through hands-on activities like building gliders, rockets, and CO2 dragsters.

Introduction to Transportation

In Introduction to Transportation, students discover how land, air, marine, and space transportation help move people and materials. They explore the history and advancement of various transportation systems. Throughout the course, students also examine careers in the transportation and related fields.
Course Outline

Lesson 2: Getting from Here to There: The Development of Roads
Lesson 3: Moving Vehicles Faster: Fluid Dynamics
Lesson 4: Water Transportation
Lesson 5: Moving Faster Still: Aerodynamics
Lesson 6: The Great Unifier: Rail Transportation
Lesson 7: The Mechanization of Transportation
Lesson 8: Traveling with Freedom: The Automobile
Lesson 9: Taking to the Skies: Air Transportation
Lesson 10: Beyond Earth: Space Travel
Lesson 11: Other Types of Transportation
Lesson 12: The Global Positioning System: A New Way to Navigate


Aerospace explores the research and development of aircraft, aerospace history, industries and careers. Hands-on activities enable students to put into practice the research and design principles they learn throughout the course.
Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to Aerospace
Lesson 2: Getting Off the Ground – Aerospace Engineering
Lesson 3: Air and Aircraft – The Earth’s Atmosphere
Lesson 4: Keep Flying – Aeronautics
Lesson 5: How We Fly – The Aerospace Industry
Lesson 6: Designs on Space: Astronautics
Lesson 7: What is Space?
Lesson 8: Places in Space & How We’ve Gotten There
Lesson 9: The Effects of Aerospace on Other Industries


In this course, students learn aviation principles and study the different forms of navigation. Students use a flight simulator to test flight physics and gain hands-on experience with flight control and navigation. Students also explore flight by examining aircraft components, reading a terminal area chart and creating their own flight scenario.
Course Outline

Lesson 1: Airplane Structure
Lesson 2: The Physics of Flight
Lesson 3: Flight Controls
Lesson 4: Cockpit Instruments & Simple Plane Control
Lesson 5: Navigation
Lesson 6: Course and Heading
Lesson 7: Landings
Lesson 8: Flight Scenario Creation

Research And Design: Automotive

In the Research And Design: Automotive course, students explore and apply the principles of design. Student examine fundamentals of automobile design, such as aerodynamics and energy efficiency. In hands-on activities, students explore the process used in industry to produce a marketable product and apply the design process to craft their own paper car. They also study the marketing process and design an advertisement for the paper car.
Course Outline

Lesson 1: The Fundamentals of Design
Lesson 2: The Design Loop and Design Briefs
Lesson 3: Automotive Technology and Design
Lesson 4: Generating Ideas
Lesson 5: Design Sketches
Lesson 6: Aerodynamics and Wind Tunnel
Lesson 7: Marketing
Lesson 8: Advertising
Lesson 9: Automobile Racing

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