Cluster 1: Engineering for Land, Air, and Space


Instructors: Professors Derek Dunn-Rankin, Faryar Jabbari, Kenneth Mease, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Prerequisites: Geometry, Algebra II or Integrated Math II, Physics

Course Description:
Student teams will learn the engineering design process through the design, build, and fly of remote-controlled airplanes. Students will examine the physics that powers our world, that allows a 747 airplane weighing nearly a million pounds to stay aloft, and that helps to put satellites into space and lands planetary rovers safely on distant planets. Students will learn about conventional and advanced power generation and propulsion for mobility, along with some of the important potential environmental consequences, and they will examine the dynamics and control of ground, air, and space vehicles. A full year of high school physics is required.

Project/Presentation Requirement:
All participants, working in pairs, will produce a scientific/engineering project drawn from the subject matter in their cluster. Projects may be based upon field study during COSMOS. In accordance with the COSMOS requirement, students will present their findings in a poster format at the COSMOS symposium.