Grades: 10, 11, 12
Aerospace Engineering provides students with the fundamental knowledge and experience to apply mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles to the design, development, and evolution of aircraft, space vehicles and their operating systems. This course is part of the PLTW Engineering curriculum. In the classroom students will engage in creative thinking and problem‐solving activities using software that allows students to design, test, and evaluate a variety of air and space vehicles, their systems, and launching, guidance and control procedures. Students will build and test model rockets, gliders, airfoils, robots, wind turbines, and fiberglass composite samples. Students will also fly a plane in a flight simulator program, complete challenges with their robot, and use high‐altitude ballooning to understand atmospheric conditions and characteristics.
Prerequisites: C or better Geometry or Teacher Recommendation
- Credits: 1 credit per semester, 2 semesters
- Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
- Qualifies as a Quantitative Reasoning course for the General, Core 40, AHD, and THD diplomas
- Honors course (0.5 point) for class of 2018 and later