Aviation simulations encourage critical thinking

At Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Florida, students use hands-on simulations to learn about aviation and aerospace.

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THE FIRST-YEAR PROGRAM THAT I TEACH IS THE SIMULATION.

THE SECOND-YEAR PROGRAM, WE START GETTING THEM ONTO RADIO-CONTROLLED AIRPLANES.

IN MY THIRD YEAR, THE STUDENT WILL ACTUALLY COME IN AND BUILD THEIR OWN AIRCRAFT AND DETERMINE WAS THE CONSTRUCTION WORTHWHILE, DOES THE PLANE WORK FOR WHAT I WANT IT TO DO.

WHAT WE WERE DOING WAS TAXI'ing THE PLANE, WHICH IS JUST LEARNING HOW TO MANEUVER YOUR PLANE ON THE GROUND.

I WANT TO BE A MECHANICAL ENGINEER.

I WANT TO BE BUILD AIRCRAFT.

BUT I'M NOT SO MUCH OF A FLIER, SO I LIKE TO BE IN CLASS, MAKING A DECISION AND MEASUREMENTS OF AIRCRAFT.

WE ARE INSPECTING AN OIL RIG, AND AS WE WERE LANDING, THERE WAS AN EXPLOSION.

WE HAD THE OPTION OF RESCUING THE THREE PEOPLE THAT WERE IN THE RIG OR LETTING THE COAST GUARD TAKE CARE OF IT.

YOU CAN'T LAND THERE.

IT'S TEACHING ME HOW TO THINK CRITICALLY.

STUFF THAT HAPPENS IN REAL LIFE.