Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering

“Aerospace and aeronautical engineering covers the design and engineering of the systems, equipment and components that make up flying vehicles such as aeroplanes, helicopters, spacecraft and rockets.” Tomorrow’s Engineers: From Idea to Career

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IET DIY Faraday Challenge Day 2013-2014: Mission to Mars

This DIY Faraday Challenge asks students to work in teams to design and construct a rocket that will transport supplies via Earth orbit to the astronauts on Mars and to build a system to transport the rocket to the launch site on Earth.

The challenge is designed to be delivered over a full day and the resource provides introduction videos, resources for students and support for facilitators on how to use the activity.

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STEM Club Activity: Keeping It Cool

This activity supports students to design, make, test and evaluate an appropriate heatshield to protect a square of chocolate from a heat source.

Taking inspiration from a solar orbiting satellite, this resource is a hands on way of teaching students about how engineers keep materials and tools cool in space.

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Future flight

This BP STEM Challenge supports students to investigate the best wing design for a remote controlled survey aircraft or drone.

 The challenge asks students to think about how BP uses remote controlled aircraft to identify new oil reserves and inspect remote equipment. Students are asked to investigation how the shape of a wing effects wing performance, looking specifically at the forces on the wing during flight, balance, shape and creating an efficient wing.

This challenge was developed as part of the Ultimate STEM Challenge 2016/2017. You may wish to remove the slides from the presentation that reference the challenge as entries have now closed. 

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Take off

This two-part activity starts with a group discussion about the factors that need to be considered when an aircraft takes off and lands. The second activity challenges student to design and make a model aeroplane and a simple mechanism or system for launching it.

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Tomorrow's Engineers: cargo drop

This engineering activity challenges students to design and build a system of dropping cargo from an airplane, safely delivering a parcel of food aid.

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Rescue rockets

This BP STEM Challenge supports students to investigate the most efficient design for a water-powered rocket, using the least amount of propellant.

The challenge asks students to think about how BP uses rockets or flares to provide a visual distress signal from their oil rigs or ships. Having a flare that will travel further will allow the distress signal to be seen from further away and as rocket propellants are not always good for the environment, and more efficient design may reduce the amount of propellant needed.

This challenge was developed as part of the Ultimate STEM Challenge 2016/2017. You may wish to remove the slides from the presentation that reference the challenge as entries have now closed.

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Aviation engineer profile: Ben Truman

In this film, from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Ben Truman explains his passion for aviation and engineering. After completing his degree in mechanical engineering he became a design engineer for Goodrich Actuation Systems where he is working on the thrust reverser system for the Airbus A350. Ben talks through the whole design process, including the parts he designed, stress concentrations, testing for load and manufacture. 

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Aircraft of the future

In this activity, learners will design a sustainably powered aircraft of the future. They will learn about the alternatives to using petrochemicals to power aircraft. It will build understanding of sustainability issues in engineering and how these are applied when designing a product.

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Understanding aerodynamics

Understanding aerodynamics is key to understanding flight. Aerofoils are designed to allow aircraft to fly. The design of these is crucial to minimise drag and increase lift. In this activity, learners will make and test a simple design for an aerofoil. They will learn about the terms lift, drag and thrust and how these apply to aircraft. It will build knowledge of aerodynamics theory and how this can be applied.

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