Harrington Elementary School:
"The $250 grant from the National Air Transportation Foundation provided materials and models for after-school science classes. Elementary children learned the principles of flight through construction of various airfoils, gliders and models. We made a wind sock to determine wind speed and direction. As an added bonus, participants had opportunities for free airplane rides in October and May through the Young Eagles Program of Experimental Aircraft Association at Jackson Airport. Your grant enabled many elementary children to learn about aviation and to experiment and participate fully in the science enrichment program."
James River High School:
"I was able to purchase several videos about the history of flight as an introduction to my unit. We then studied the structure of modern airplanes and did lab activities demonstrating Bernoulli's Principle and how that affects the lift of an airplane. I was able to purchase posters that show various types of planes throughout history. The two activities that my students enjoyed the most could not have been possible without your grant. The first was a computer program I was able to purchase, which explored how an airplane flies and what keeps a kite in the air. This software program, by Newton's Apple, enabled my students to have interactive fun on the computer while learning all aspects of flight. The final project in the flight unit was actually building and flying airplanes. I decided to use the White Wings airplanes designed by Dr. Ninomiya, which I was able to purchase with the grant money. The students were instructed to build one of eight template models, design their own plane or redesign a template. This proved to be the favorite activity by far. At the end of our construction project, we took our planes to the football field for a competition. One plane flew a distance of 120 yards!"
Athens High School:
"The final weeks of the class centered on the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 and joysticks purchased with the NATF grant. The students learned to fly with or without using an autopilot – and cross-country – using GPS and/or VOR. Our tech people even connected these in a manner that allowed the students to see each other's planes and to type messages to each other."
Athens High School