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1 Flight Simulators to Teach STEM Gerald E. Murray, M.A., M.Ed. murray.gerald.e@gmail.com

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3 Gerald Murray Elementary teacher, science presenter: CAST, NSTA Private Pilot 1000+ hours flying Single engine, Multi- engine, glider Simulator pilot Embarrassing number of hours

4 What is a flight simulator?

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7 Flight simulators: Simulate flight Move up, down, left and right while going forward (or back: helicopters) So, not all airplane games are flight simulators Controlled with mouse, keyboard, yoke, or joystick

8 Science Force and Motion: Forces of Flight Propulsion systems Air Density Weather Instruments Navigation

9 Technology and Engineering Aircraft evolution Instrumentation Navigation Program parameters and controls Open source sims and mods Online safety

10 Math Instruments: speed, altitude, attitude, direction, engine Navigation: compass rose, clock face, latitude and longitude Weight and balance, fuel

11 Science Forces of Flight: Gravity, Lift, Thrust, and Drag

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13 Gravity

14 Lift http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k- 12/freesoftware_page.htm http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k- 12/freesoftware_page.htm

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16 Drag

17 Technology and Engineering Aircraft evolution (wind tunnel apps) Instruments: analog and digital (“steam gauges” vs. “glass cockpit”) Navigation evolution: pilotage>radio navaids>GPS Open source www.flightgear.org www.gefs-online.comwww.flightgear.org www.gefs-online.com Online safety

18 Math Instruments: gauges, glass, HUD (heads up display) Speed, altitude, attitude, direction, engine

19 Navigation Compass rose (360°) Clock face

20 Latitude and Longitude

21 Weight and Balance

22 FREE SIMULATORS Google Earth Search engines (Google) iTunes store Limited in features May take a long time to download and run May want you to buy more

23 Controllers Keyboard Mouse Joystick Yoke Game controllers iPad

24 DEMOS Google Earth iPad

25 Links http://www.gefs-online.com/gefs.php http://www.microsoft.com/games/flight/ http://www.aviation-for-kids.com/flight- simulators.html http://www.aviation-for-kids.com/flight- simulators.html http://www.redbirdflightsimulations.com/ http://hotseatsim.com/ http://www.x-plane.com/desktop/home/

26 iTunes Store Wind Tunnel Aero! XtremeSoaring Dogfight Historical Landings Moon Lander NMUSAF


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