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NASA Aeronautics and Technology: Hands-On, Real-World Projects

Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Monday, November 30, 12:30–1:20 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Jennifer Lane  
April Lanotte  

NASA Aeronautics uses technology in every mission. Our educational lessons and activities follow the same model, integrating engineering design, data-gathering and analysis, and real-world context into activities large and small. Try your hand at activities about unmanned aerial vehicles, X-planes, biomimicry, the science of sound and more.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will engage in hands-on activities that align with current NASA Aeronautics missions and programs. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to NASA Aeronautics, resources available to them, and ways to integrate technology into a lesson that provides relevant, real-world applications of data-gathering and analysis.


Intro: Introduction to NASA Aeronautics and overall NASA resources available to participants (presentation)
Section 1: NASA Aeronautics--What we're doing (X-Planes, UAS, cleaner, quieter aircraft) (presentation)
Section 2: Overview of NASA Aeronautics educational resources (presentation)
Section 3: Hands-On activity demonstrations with hints and tricks for in-person, virtual, and blended learning environments
-- How to Build a Coin Battery
--Seeing Sound Activity
--Advanced Air Mobility Activities
Section 4: Q&A

Supporting research

NASA often leads the way in aeronautics research around the world, partnering with industry to solve critical challenges in aeronautics. Industry partners, federal agency partners, and many others work with NASA to reduce the impact aeronautics has on our climate, noise pollution near airports, safety in the skies and on the ground, as well as the need to solve the challenges involved with increasing numbers of aircraft (manned and unmanned) filling our skies.
NASA's Aeronautics Research site,, provides an idea of the many areas we are involved in. Boeing's often-cited "Pilot and Technician Outlook" highlights the growing need for young people to engage in aeronautics, and highlights our need for students to become more aware and involved:

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Jennifer Lane, NASA Aeronautics Research
April Lanotte, NASA Aeronautics Research

April Lanotte has been with NASA since 2011, and is the Director of Education at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, CO. An educator for over twenty years, April works to make aerospace science more accessible. Current projects include sUAVs (drones) and emerging space technologies education. With Masters degrees in Space Science Education and in English Literature, April authored a STEM Literacy chapter to Best Practices in STEM Education: Innovative Approaches from Einstein Fellow Alumni. Other projects focus on human survival at high altitudes, AOPA’s high school aviation curriculum, and ShareSpace Foundation’s Giant Moon Map lessons.

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