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Flight Simulators to Teach STEM Gerald E. Murray, M.A., M.Ed.
Gerald Murray Elementary teacher, science presenter: CAST, NSTA Private Pilot hours flying Single engine, Multi- engine, glider Simulator pilot Embarrassing number of hours
What is a flight simulator?
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
Science Force and Motion: Forces of Flight Propulsion systems Air Density Weather Instruments Navigation
Technology and Engineering Aircraft evolution Instrumentation Navigation Program parameters and controls Open source sims and mods Online safety
Math Instruments: speed, altitude, attitude, direction, engine Navigation: compass rose, clock face, latitude and longitude Weight and balance, fuel
Science Forces of Flight: Gravity, Lift, Thrust, and Drag
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
Math Instruments: gauges, glass, HUD (heads up display) Speed, altitude, attitude, direction, engine
Navigation Compass rose (360°) Clock face
Latitude and Longitude
Weight and Balance
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
Controllers Keyboard Mouse Joystick Yoke Game controllers iPad