Aerodynamics from Gliders to Rockets
This course 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. 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 airfoils, gliders and model rockets,as well as fly a plane in a flight simulator program. Students can expect to work with and/or be mentored by professionals in the aviation/aerospace career field from around the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area.
"The challenges, encouragement, and resources provided at STA helped to better prepare me for college and for the engineering field in general." Eleanor Ammerman, Class of 2022
Applications for the 2024-2025 school year are now open!!
Note: Students need to choose 2 of the following 3 courses (Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Aerospace Engineering) to make a full-year selection.
- Grade: 11 or 12
- Algebra II, B- or higher
- Reading/Writing at 10th grade level or higher
- 2.5 GPA (Unweighted)
- 90% Attendance
- Outside class Internet access is required.
Recommended Math and Engineering Proficiency:
Average Math and Engineering grade: B- or higher
PLTW Member School Prerequisites:
- Intro to Engineering Design PLTW
- Principles of Engineering PLTW
- Internet access outside of class is highly recommended.
High School Credits: 1.5 units
LSR7 Weighted Credit: .666
Weighted Credit for Non Lee’s Summit Schools: Varies by school