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School Systems Using ALLSTAR as a Resource
Schools and School Districts Using ALLSTAR
Federal Way School District, (Internet Academy), Federal Way, Washington
(they are using our material without our permission, for profit, though our material is
free to all --presently their webpage does not allow access to the individual lessons
without registering 12/4/2000)
http://18.104.22.168/flight/wk2/wk2list.htm (history, flight control)
http://22.214.171.124/flight/wk3/wk3list.htm (history, flight principles)
http://126.96.36.199/flight/wk4/wk4list.htm (history, flight principles)
http://188.8.131.52/flight/wk5/wk5list.htm (review of history, flight principles and flight control)
http://184.108.40.206/flight/wk6/wk6list.htm (review of history, flight principles)
http://220.127.116.11/flight/wk7/wk7list.htm (review of history, flight principles)
http://18.104.22.168/flight/wk8/wk8list.htm (review of history, flight principles)
Southeastern Michigan Math-Science Learning Coalition uses many of our experiments in their list of experiments (see item numbers 6, 63, 75, 160, 162, 164, 172-176, 225-226, 285--correct to 12/15/2004). The coalition considers us a Higher Education Partner.
Wakefield Senior High School, Arlington, Virginia, is using the ALLSTAR Careers Exploration CD-ROM (contact point is Wyllona Harris)
School Board Number One, Timmins, Ontario, Canada
Gander Academy, Newfoundland, Canada
http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/flight.htm (many topics use ALLSTAR materials)
St. Patrick's Senior National School, Skerries, Co. Dublin,
Ireland is using the Level 1 History and Principles of Flight materials (contact
point is John Harte)
Intelligent Agent a print and on-line magazine on the use of interactive media in arts and education
Individual Teachers Using ALLSTAR
Rex A. Weisheit
Brad Gilbert wrote:
The information provided on the internet address www.allstar.fiu.edu regarding turbine engine technology has attracted my attention. As an Assistant Professor at the National Aerospace Education Center of Fairmont
State College, I am currently teaching an aircraft turbine engine course. Over the past few years we have used various textbooks to teach the course and have not been completely satisfied with any of the books previously
used. I am very interested in getting a desk copy of your textbook entitled "Introduction to Gas Turbines for Non-Engineers." Within the next few weeks book orders for the fall semester will be due and I will need
approximately 25 books. If your text fulfills our needs I will be eager to incorporate it into our program. Please let me know how I can obtain a copy or your text for evaluation.
Thank you, Brad Gilbert
[the following is a combination of two emails from the same instructor]
I am a high school teacher who is transitioning our program from electronics to
Industrial Engineering Technology. We have included aeronautics and aviation in the
curriculum since it is an interesting and motivating subject area from which we can teach
applied physics and other areas of study in a secondary school pre-engineering/technology
I have found the Allstar web site a valuable tool and since we have 40 internet terminals in our classroom we are able to use it to its potential. It is excellent in its format and understandable to all of our students since we serve those of all academic levels and abilities.
Although our pre-engineering/ pre-technician studies program is primarily an electronics program, the aviation/aerospace portion of the program has been difficult due to a lack of instructional materials. Your site turns out to be invaluable. It is understandable and the students seem to enjoy browsing to find answers to the questions they are asked on quizzes. They launched the hot air balloons this week that they designed and built using a TQM instructional strategy and last Saturday, I was able to give several students and their parents orientation rides in my Cherokee 180. It is great that the instruction I offer through projects, demonstrations and and lectures are reinforced by the quality Instructional tool FIU and NASA has provided. You will notice a relatively large group of new registered users today. Hopefully the number of hits recently will help demonstrate the need to continue this effort.
We will be using navigational processes this week to teach triangulation, geometric applications, scales and rate/time calculation.
Thank you again for providing a quality learning tool.
Instructor, Industrial Engineering Technology
Turlock High School
Dear Mr. Levy,
At Pine Creative Arts Academy in my Physical Science class I printed and copied the ALLSTAR pages while my students made paper gliders and experimented with the control surfaces. The information was understandable to the kids and they successfully learned how airplanes fly. Thank you for a useful web site.
J. S. Foerch
Pine Creative Arts Academy
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
We use your website as part of our Aerospace Science class at Fort Collins High School.
It is an excellent resource.
Thanks for all of your efforts.
Poudre School District
Ft. Collins, CO
Mr. Ray Mooney wrote:
...We are currently involved in a training grant from the State of Texas to train new
aircraft production technicians for the Mooney assembly line. We have developed a basic
aerodynamic/structure class which teaches the elementary principles to the unskilled
workforce. I have used a number of resources in this effort, including yours, to develop a
course that is geared toward general aviation production....
Mooney Aircraft Corporation
Im a Technology Teacher in upstate NY. I am getting ready to do a unit on Theory of Flight. The students have to design a wing and make a model plane. It is a contest to see who can get their model to fly straight and the highest.
THANK YOU for the website. It will work great as on introduction to the Learning Unit. I think the site was great and had a lot of good information for my students to use.
Again Thank You:
[the following is a combination of two emails from the same Curriculum Specialist]
Thanks for the extra information on lessons using the instrument panel--I missed those
when I first visited your website. I had my training last night and your website was very
helpful. I have a group of teachers who participate in what we call the "Book
of the Month." Because Michigan is moving into a standardized state assessment using
a thematic focus, we select a theme each month, select three books related to the theme,
and share ideas for activities. This month's theme was "adventure." We studied
six books...one being "Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride." There are a couple
scenes in that book discussing night flying...that is where I wanted students to
experience the view a pilot has from the cockpit at night. The instrument panel lessons
worked out well...still trying to think of ways we can get the kids to experience the
awesome view. We also discussed many other lessons included in your site related to math
Bad Axe, MI
To whom it may concern:
I am a teacher at Northeastern Elementary School in Bellefontaine, Ohio. I teach fifth grade and as part of our science curriculum we are required to teach flight for a nine week period. I have found it quite difficult to find enough information to teach flight. I have tried to find information by buying products at several teacher's stores, however there is simply not enough information out there to buy. When I discovered your web site I was delighted! I found all the information I was looking for and explained in a very logical way.
Thank you for all the valuable information. You have made my job a whole lot easier!!!
5th Grade Teacher
[the following is a combination of two emails from the same Teacher]
I just wanted to let you know we used your pages throughout our flight unit--it was a
wonderful help. I especially liked the completeness of it. For example, having three
levels of the same thing made easy to adapt any flight subject to the needs of our
students. Also, the site is complete with text, graphics, questions and experiments.
Thank you very much. We plan to use this in the years to come.
My school (at the time I used the Allstar Network), is a program within a regular high school where we teach students for half a day in three subjects: math, science and engineering. This was the first year of the program and we had a total of 44 ninth graders, 6 of whom were girls. (Recruiting girls will be an ongoing issue and I'm happy to say that more girls have signed up for next year's freshman class). As far as ethnic breakdown, about 6 of the students would probably identify themselves as non-white.
I hope this helps and I look forward to using the Allstar Nework in the Spring.
Technology High School
1601 E. Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
[the following is a combination of two emails from the same Flight Instructor]
I am a flight instructor and run an aviation web site: www.pcflying.com. Your site is
what we were going to build into our own but thanks to your work, it makes our concept of
free basic information for the avaition community easier
- thank you.
At the present time I am evaluating the new Cessna pilot training program as part of the process of desiging the next phase of our web site and will be comparing the content using your site as a control standard.
We have to remember that Cessna is a commercial operation that requires commercial success to survive and in the world of aviation that means making safe pilots.
I will be happy to provide feedback to you of my findings and of course will agree to you quoting me as long as PC Flying and www.pcflying.com are included in the credits.
Once again thank you for ALLSTAR.
Martyn Thomas, CFI/CII
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