NASA: Future Flight Design

Author: NASA

Future Flight Design is a web-based interactive, problem-based learning environment where students in grades 5-8 learn about forces of flight and design air transportation and aircraft systems of the future. Biographies highlight careers in aeronautics and aerospace engineering. Students can work in groups, utilize project logs (provided) and used provided links to research about weather, air traffic, airport design, aeronautics, navigation and aviation that include interactive tools, movies and articles.

Grade Level: 5 – 8
Flesch-Kincaid grade level: 6.8 (average, in articles tested)

A fun and engaging tool for meeting next generation engineering, technology, and applications of science standards. Articles and tools are well organized, written at a reading level appropriate to the target audience in clear, concise conversational language. Discipline specific vocabulary is defined within the articles requiring minimal prior knowledge. Graphics are provided to give visual support to more difficult to understand concepts. The website is organized so that independent students can navigate easily, but provides just enough support for students who need it so they do not get lost. Overall a very good resource.

Content Area
Science; Mathematics

CA.NGSS.3-5.ETS.1.1.Define a simple design problem that can be solved through the development of an object, tool, process, or system and includes several criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
CA.NGSS.3-5.ETS.1.2.Generate and compare multiple solutions to a problem based on how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the design problem.
CA.NGSS.3-5.ETS.1.3.Plan and conduct an investigation collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence, using fair tests in which variables are controlled and the number of trials considered.
MS.ETS.1.1.Define a design problem that can be solved through the development of an object, tool, process or system and includes multiple criteria and constraints, including scientific knowledge that may limit possible solutions.
MS.ETS.1.2.Evaluate competing design solutions based on jointly developed and agreed-upon design criteria.
MS.ETS.1.3.Analyze and interpret data to determine similarities and differences in findings.
MS.ETS.1.4.Develop a model to generate data to test ideas about designed systems, including those representing inputs and outputs.

For information about how this website meets or addresses American Association for the Advancement of Science: Project 2061 standards, National Science Education Standards (NSES), National Council of Teachers on Mathematics  (NCTM) standards, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards, and International Technology Education Association (ITEA) standards, see


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