Sarah K. Anderson and colleagues publish texts for high school aviation

These two Aviation Supplies and Academics publications developed by Senior Lecturer Sarah Anderson and her colleagues in the USA address a growing need for solid instruction, inquiry, and development of future-ready competencies and interest in aviation at the high school level. This curriculum promotes aviation as an innovative field and includes an exploration of the industry and the diverse career opportunities available along with the study of the fundamentals of flight. The Aviation High School Facilitator Guide delivers the resources for teachers to utilize science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instruction to provide an excellent introduction to aviation. The content promotes aviation as an innovative field and includes exploration of aviation as an industry, the study of the fundamentals of flight, and an introduction to the diverse opportunities available within the industry. The guide and accompanying online instructor resources include plans for research-based teaching of technical information, standards-based activities, assessments, and resources all designed to engage students’ different learning styles. Lessons are designed to be taught independently within any subject (science, technology, engineering, math, history, language arts) or used as a comprehensive aviation-themed curriculum. The lesson plans incorporate engaging and interactive activities, including recommendations for using small, unmanned aircraft systems (drones) and flight simulators to demonstrate and reinforce aeronautical knowledge and key flight concepts. The complementary interactive Aviation High School Student Notebook increases students’ understanding of key aeronautical concepts through a variety of daily activities.

First published: 19 March 2021

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