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1 Flight Simulators to Teach STEM Gerald E. Murray, M.A., M.Ed.

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3 Gerald Murray Elementary teacher, science presenter: CAST, NSTA Private Pilot 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

12 Force

13 Gravity

14 Lift 12/freesoftware_page.htm 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 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 simulators.html simulators.html

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


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