The Aerospace Education Laboratory (AEL)
 
The Aerospace Education Laboratory (AEL) is a state-of-the-art, electronically enhanced, computerized classroom that puts cutting-edge technology at the fingertips of middle and high school aged students.

Originally developed through a partnership between NASA's Glenn Research Center and Cuyahoga Community College, the AEL allows workshop participants to explore, discover and learn through a curriculum that builds on NASA's success in aeronautics, robotics and space exploration. The curriculum uses carefully crafted activities that meet the National Proficiency Standards for Mathematics and Science.

Working in pairs, student researchers staff ten unique science research workstations that model real-world challenges in aviation, robotics and microgravity research. These students will work collectively using actual aerospace/robotics hardware and software to gather the data required to plan and complete various NASA missions.
 
Scenarios
As part of the SEMAA curriculum, the lab is highly configurable and currently operates under three different scenarios:
·         Aeronautics Scenario
·         Microgavity Scenario
·         Mars Robotics Laboratory
                          
Outreach
In addition to its role in the SEMAA curriculum, the lab provides a number of outreach activities in support of the local school system, community organizations and other program stakeholders. These activities include tours, workshops and professional development as follows:
·         Lab Tour (duration: ~50min, audience: all ages, max capacity: 25)
Participants are introduced to the activities and equipment in the laboratory with an emphasis on their real-world applications. Tour concludes with a hands-on demonstration at the Vision Station Advanced Flight Simulator.
·         Cross Country Flight Workshop (duration: ~80min, audience: Middle School, max capacity: 20)
Participants will use the equipment in the lab to plan and safely execute a simulated, cross country flight. They will be broken into teams, each responsible for learning about a particular area in aeronautics and reporting back to the entire group. Finally, the data gathered will be used as input by the Advanced Flight Simulator to fly a charted route.
·         Principles of Aeronautics Workshop (duration: ~80 min, audience: Middle School and older, max capacity: 25)
Participants are introduced to fundamental, aeronautics principles through an interactive multimedia presentation. Using model airplanes and the scientific method, they will then perform several experiments to learn how these principles affect an aircraft in flight. Finally, principles learned are reinforced with a hands-on demonstration at the Vision Station Advanced Flight Simulator.
·         Mars Robotics Workshop (duration: ~3hrs, audience: High School and older, max capacity: 20)
·         Participants will construct and program Lego MindStorms Robots to perform various activities focused around the preparation of a site on Mars for human habitation. They will be broken into teams which will then engage in friendly competition to determine the most effective designs.
 
Lab Hours

Monday - Friday, (9:00am-12:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm)

To schedule an activity
contact us for an appointment.