According to a report on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, increasing opportunities for young Americans to gain strong STEM skills is essential if the United States intends to continue its remarkable record of success in science and innovation. Our SMART@ER course series is a spin on STEM that focuses on the fields of Space, Manufacturing, Aviation, Robotics, Technology @ Embry-Riddle.

Aviation Algebra

This curriculum may be integrated within middle and high school mathematics courses to provide students with high level, engaging and challenging learning opportunities focused on workforce preparation that directly targets the relevance of aviation/aerospace industries along with the growing demands in aviation and aeronautical science. This course has been aligned to the Mathematics Florida Standards and the Algebra 1 End-of-Course exam.

Foundations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Becoming a certified remote pilot in command

This small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) course, emphasizes the introduction of sUAS and the safe flying of these aircraft in the National Airspace System (NAS). This course includes basic use and operation of sUAS with an emphasis preparation of completing the FAA Remote Pilot-in-Command Knowledge Test (Part 107).

Aerospace: The Journey of Flight

A survey course designed to introduce high school students to various aspects of engineering, aviation and aerospace that combines the Civil Air Patrol curriculum and textbook with Embry-Riddle configured weekly practical exercises and labs. Emphasis will be placed on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education as the core concepts required to succeed in the fields of aviation, aerospace and engineering. Aviation history and career opportunities will also be covered.

Aerospace Dimensions

This course is designed to expose and inspire middle school students to various opportunities in aerospace and technology themed careers. The course visits topics in cybersecurity, general aviation, unmanned aircraft systems, rocketry, and engineering. Students will design, build, reiterate, and present on projects such as the drone delivery parachute egg drop challenge, NASA’s shoe box glider challenge, and the FAA’s Minecraft airport design challenge. Along with several hands-on projects, students will also hear directly from industry professionals from United and JetBlue to learn about different career paths.

Private Pilot Ground School

This course provides the basic knowledge and skills to establish a firm foundation of flight through the practical applications of basic aerodynamics, aircraft performance, regulations, and flight planning in single pilot, single-engine aircraft. This course also provides a foundation and understanding of the essential elements of resource management and teamwork as required by the aviation industry. Topics include regulations, safety, pre-solo operations, cross country planning, airspace, chart use, communications, weather, performance, weight and balance, aerodynamics, and decision- making. Industry Certification: Students will be prepared to take the FAA Private Pilot Ground School exam.

Understanding UAS Applications in AGRISCI

Unmanned Aircraft Systems are an up-and-coming tool in agriculture. Students will be able to plan, fly and calculate throughout this course by utilizing hands on, real-world UAS. This course is intended for high school seniors as they need to have an extensive agriculture background knowledge in order to build in concepts of unmanned aircraft systems. Industry Certification: Agricultural Unmanned Aircraft Systems Specialist Certification.

Introduction to Space

This course is a basic study of the concepts, development, and application of space flight technology, emphasizing the U.S. role in current and future space operations. Topics include the Big Bang Theory, history of space flight, Space Shuttle operations and crew training, Commercial Space Applications, Spacecraft Systems and the outlook for the future.

Aviation Technical Design I

This course provides students with instruction in the characteristics and evolution of technology, underlying principles of design, and fundamental knowledge and skills in the use of illustration and drafting software. Students will build CAD skills in 3D design and modeling using Fusion 360. Industry Certification: Autodesk Certified User – Fusion 360.

Aviation Technical Design II

Aviation Technical Design 2 (ATD2) is the second-year Computer-Aided Design (CAD) course that is designed to teach the student advanced CAD skills and further honing their year-one skills into abilities that are more useful in college and/or more marketable as an after-high school career choice. In this course, students will utilize the skills that they learned in ATD1 and carry them forth to refine the aerospace Urban Air Mobility problem from the year-one course in addition to learning 2.5-axis milling for Computer Aided Machining in the spring semester. Industry Certification: Autodesk Certified Associate in CAD for Mechanical Design.

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