Fairview Elementary – Aerospace and Science
Fairview Elementary exposes students to activities that encourage science discovery, problem- solving, and innovative experiences based on the state and national curriculum standards.
Rigorous, project-based lessons will introduce students in each grade to an aerospace-related technology while also teaching and reinforcing the scientific method, inquiry and inspiration, critical thinking, and creativity. Students will learn basic concepts in physics, mathematics, and astronomy, and build real-world engineering and creative skills by constructing and using models. Students will also explore scientific concepts in literature, relating real-world physics and more to popular science-fiction.
Sample Lesson Topics:
- The Earth, You, Me, and the Cat: Carbon-Based Life Forms
- Modeling Your Solar System
- Inventing New Solar Systems
- Milky Way Matters
- The First Machine
- Aerodynamics: the Dinosaurs Invented Flight
- Aerodynamics: Build Your Own Kite
- Biomimicry and Robots
- Sci-Fi Forgot the Microbe: Life on Other Planets
- Following the Mars Rover
Capstone Project: Students will learn about the history and design of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drone technologies), as well as their many functions in a wide range of areas such as surveillance, wildlife tracking and research, photography, filmmaking, and therapy. Ultimately, students will learn how to build their own drones, culminating in a drone build-and-fly competition with scores in different categories including technical merit, originality, and aesthetics.