Aerospace Engineering ignites students’ learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. Aerospace Engineering is one of the specialization courses in the PLTW Engineering program. The course deepens the skills and knowledge of an engineering student within the context of atmospheric and space flight. Students explore the fundamentals of flight in air and space as they bring the concepts to life by designing and testing components related to flight such as an airfoil, propulsion system, and a rocket. They learn orbital mechanics concepts and apply these by creating models using industry standard software. They also apply aerospace concepts to alternative applications such as a wind turbine and parachute. Students simulate a progression of operations to explore a planet, including creating a map of the terrain with a model satellite and using the map to execute a mission using an autonomous robot.
Aerospace Engineering I Practicum in STEM
Bryan Davis is beginning his third year teaching Practicum STEM (Mobile Classroom) at KCAL and is excited to add Aerospace Engineering to his class load this year. He grew up in the nearby area and graduated from Haltom High School before going off to Stephen F. Austin State University to pursue a history degree and a teaching certificate. He began his teaching career in 1999 at Azle Junior High and then moved to Harwood Junior High in HEB ISD the following year. He spent 20 years there, teaching Texas History and then STEM. His wonderful wife, Melissa, teaches next door at Indian Springs Middle and their twins, Reese and Aidan, are seniors at Richland High. Mr. Davis enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, Disney and motorsports.