- Grades 7-10
How do aircraft fly? Why might a fighter jet use delta wings while a commercial jet has swept wings? Examine elements of aeronautical engineering—including how aircraft produce lift, propulsion, and thrust—as you learn how to calculate lift and drag coefficients, aspect ratio, and center of gravity.
By designing, building, and testing a model and carefully documenting results, you’ll relate variations in the shape and structure of your aircraft to its performance.
Along with guided readings, participate in discussions of key principles and derivations of formulas, working together to solve aircraft issues and develop performance solutions.
Time commitment: 4 hours per week
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Testing and Prerequisites
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Course PrerequisitesAeronautical Engineering requires:
Algebra I. Students in this class should have a strong background in physics or have completed CTY Summer Programs’ The Physics of Engineering.
Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)
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Students will be notified by email of any required course materials 2-3 weeks prior to the course start date.
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email.
The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.
About Science and Engineering at CTY
Our Science and Engineering courses bring a variety of science topics to life. By introducing topics not covered in standard science curricula, we build and reinforce your science knowledge. All courses support critical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning, and encourage a real-life, hands-on approach to learning about Earth, space, life sciences, chemistry, and the physical world. Guided by expert CTY science educators, you’ll master science lab kits, perform hands-on experiments using common household objects, participate in dynamic group discussions, or prepare for AP exams.
Newly revised Honors Physics course
Our completely redesigned Honors Physics course features new lessons, conceptual and problem-solving videos, and guiding questions that teach students how to solve each type of problem. Hands-on exploration activities challenge students to solve everyday physics problems from how giant cruise ships stay afloat to how to ship fragile packages without them breaking. Putting their physics knowledge to the test, students compete in our catapult design competition for Furthest Launch and Creative Design awards.
More engaging science enrichment courses!
In the newly revised Inventions in Engineering course, students bring fantasy into reality by creating inventions to solve the problems of favorite fictional characters and the real world alike. A new unit in Introduction to Forensics asks students to evaluate the validity of various kinds of forensic evidence and its impact on the lives of individuals, and to provide recommendations on which types of forensic evidence should be admissible in the criminal justice system. In Household Chemistry, students engage in newly revised activities that help develop their skills in making and recording detailed observations using all 5 senses as they explore states of matter and the role chemistry plays in their daily lives.