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Solar Plane Soars into History

Solar Impulse 2 lands in HawaiiWhile solar-powered cars have yet to cruise much beyond design competitions, Swiss engineer André Borschberg swooped across the Pacific and into the record books when his solar-powered plane landed in Hawaii on July 3, 205 – five days after taking off from Japan.

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Students’ Summer: Aerospace at U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Aerospace Institute summer camp – IAI is a one-week residential program, July 17-23, 2011, for students grades 9-12 interested in aerospace engineering and aviation, held on the campus of the University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign. Students learn about a variety of topics relating to aerospace engineering through classroom sessions, laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Cost.$700. Application Deadline: April 15.

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Website: NASA’s Virtual Skies

Virtual SkiesNASA’s Virtual Skies website provides an engaging yet informal way to present aviation topics to high school and academically advanced middle school students. The Aeronautics, Navigation, Weather, Air Traffic Management, Communications, Airport Design modules involve students in decision-making and collaborative skills using principles of algebra, geometry and calculus. Each section includes on-line activities complemented by downloadable print materials that can be used in the classroom to supplement the geography, mathematics, and science concepts.

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Event: Women and Space. Washington, DC. March 13, 2010

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Women in Aviation & Space, held at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, outside Washington, DC, Saturday, March 13, highlights the many achievements of women in science, technology, and aerospace. Visitors will learn about the accomplishments of Amelia Earhart , the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs), astronaut Sally Ride, and women who are currently contributing to aviation, science, technology, and space exploration. Also, participate in book signings, story time, and fun and educational hands-on activities throughout the Museum. Admission: Free, Parking $15

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