Doctor Aviation to the rescue, when I didn't even know I needed rescuing. We've been using our subscription with the entire family, and it has been great on multiple levels.
- William (senior) and Thomas (sophomore) both need more science on their transcript.
- Richard (8th grade) loves all things aviation.
- Trina is using this course in earning her Aviation Badge from American Heritage Girls.
|A clip from Lesson 5|
Each lesson consists of three sections. The first is the most science-y portion, as you learn about the physics behind flight and other technical aspects. The second section is a biography of someone important in the aviation world. The third section is either about an aviation event or it is about a specific aircraft.
The videos are roughly an hour in total, with clear breaks between the three sections. That brings me to my one and only complaint about this program -- I wish the weekly sessions were actually split into three separate chapters (with chapter markers) or even separate videos, so that you could easily watch one part at a time. We lived with it, but that would make a big difference in ease of use.
High SchoolFor high school, a 1/2 credit course is often defined as requiring 60+ hours of work. To get there, we needed to do around four hours of work per lesson. The video was one of those hours, and discussion usually added at least another half hour. Each of the pdf files easily provides multiple ways to get another couple of hours of work in.
|We found the audiobook through the library|
You could very easily make this aviation history, by focusing more on all of the biographies and doing more with the events. William would have preferred that, but he has plenty of history credits.
You could make this a general elective too, of course.
American Heritage GirlsTrina is working on her Aviation Badge at the Explorer Level (4th-6th grade), and this course is fantastic for really doing that. This course directly covers a lot of the badge requirements, and most of the remaining ones are easy to add in.
Assuming she hadn't earned this badge before, she would have to (these requirements are simplified for this blog post, there is more detail in the actual badge book):
- Learn about the four forces of flight (directly covered).
- Learn about different uses of airplanes (covered) and Mission Aviation Fellowship (the course covers Nate Saint directly, and it would be very easy to add a bit on MAF at this point)
- Identify parts of an aircraft, control surfaces, etc. (covered)
- Identify flight instruments in a cockpit (covered)
- Make and fly some paper airplanes (easy to add)
- Read about the Wright brothers and their experiments (a couple biographies are recommended).
- List some things a helicopter can do which a conventional aircraft cannot (covered).
- Demonstrate the Bernoulli principle (the principle is covered).
- Explain what an airplane does in yawl and pitch (covered).
- and a few other options that could be added in like a visit to an airport or aviation museum. Or the Air Force Academy.
Basically, in order for her to earn this badge, we need to be intentional about doing things as we hit them in the course, and we need to spend some time making paper airplanes.
My Aviation NutI saved the best for last.
Richard has always been fascinated by helicopters. A couple years ago, when he had to do an assignment for AWANA about why he would be a good missionary, he chose to write about why he would be great as a missionary pilot. He wasn't really all that serious about it, but I think it did get some wheels turning.
Starting this course, though, has really made him think. He is recognizing that he could actually fly. And that he could start doing that soon. We are only 1/3 of the way through the course, and he has started investigating Civil Air Patrol. He checked out every single book the library had on making paper airplanes (so I put him in charge of Trina's paper airplane badge requirement above!)
This course is making him think about what he can do with the rest of his life.
Will he be a pilot? I have no idea. He's still only 13, so he has lots of time to change his mind. But right now, it is giving him a direction, and it is spurring him on to understand why he might actually need to learn science and math.
I call that a win.
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