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Intro to Aeronautical Engineering

Take part in a fun and educational class to learn what goes into airplane design. Students learn calculations that show how the math we learn gets used in real life.

Taught by
Norm Stein, M.E.

New Classes Begin
February 12th, 2014


Classes are for Middle School and High School Age

Two 12 Week Sessions Offered

Tuesdays 10am - 11:30am
Feb. 11th - May 6th (No class April 1st)

Thursdays 4pm - 5:30pm
Feb. 13th - May 8th (No class April 3rd)


Each class needs a minimum of 12 students enrolled
in order to be able to run.

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Located in Palo Alto, CA

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Class Information From The Instructor

This is the fourth year we are offering this class, which has never been exactly the same twice. There is so much general science and engineering encompassed in the subject that anyone could take it four times and get something new each time. Many of our students have taken our class multiple times and we have not yet scared them away with the math or physics. These subjects are just tools we use for solutions to applications like: “How long does the runway have to be to get my plane off the ground?” or “How big an engine is needed to go 575 miles per hour?”

The science is the most important part of our course, but we also have some fun with model airplanes. We supply everything needed for the models except for a few tools which we list at this link.

We have a third thing - a zip-line glider which controls like a real plane and students can fly it
separately from our class. This activity is part of our 511th Aero Engineers Squadron. This club is open to anyone currently or previously enrolled in our class. The Squadron meets periodically throughout the year. The zip-line glider is absolutely safe. I designed it, I have flown it, and I did all the calculations associated with it. The zip-line glider is a completely voluntary activity, is not required, and is not a part of the regular class.

We also conduct engineering tests in the class that provide team-work and leadership training. Our students are starting to be pretty darn good engineers by the time we get done with them.

Finally, we need to point out that we are a professional engineering organization and we do math and physics calculating (application oriented). All students will need to bring notebooks for the engineering portion of the class, dress properly, and bring a few articles which are
listed here.

One final little item - we call this a squadron*, and not a class. We used the term “students” above, but actually we call them “squadron members”.

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511th Aero Engineers Squadron

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See What Students Did During Our Fall 2012 Session



The Class going on this Fall was visualized and planned from the very start of our program almost 2 years ago.


We saw a way of doing it. There were two very important things we taught the Fall session:

A. How a wind tunnel works. (It is more than blowing air through a tunnel.)

B. How you get airplane design data by using a wind tunnel and test models.

There are underlying objectives, however, which were also very important; TEAMWORK is highly necessary during any kind of engineering test. We have seen this in previous classes where we have used our propeller testing apparatus, and also when we have used our tension testing machine. The way our class members have worked together with great enthusiasm has been quite thrilling.

An associated activity was solving a few aerodynamic equations which led to design decisions regarding the performance of the model being tested.


The Fall 2012 Class Visits Wind Tunnels at NASA


Hear from the instructor about The Fall 2012 Class



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