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Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering

This course propels students’ learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. As they explore the physics of flight, students bring the concepts to life by designing an airfoil, propulsion system, and rockets. They learn basic orbital mechanics using industry-standard software. They also explore robot systems through projects such as remotely operated vehicles.


To be successful in AE, students should be concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science. Students will employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. Students will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students will also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

Aerospace Engineering is one of the specialty courses in Akins’ – Project Lead The Way’s high school engineering program. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.


Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, the successful student will be able to:

Apply secondary level knowledge and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

(STEM) concepts in the course of studies including:

 Evolution of Flight

 Physics of Flight

 Flight Planning and Navigation

 Materials and Structures

 Propulsion

 Flight Physiology

 Space Travel

 Orbital Mechanics

 Alternative Applications

 Remote Systems