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Virtual Skies
07.18.03
objects in sky connected to computer tracking
Monitoring air traffic with computer technology
If you're a high school teacher looking for a way to capture your students' attention while teaching them geography, mathematics or science concepts, then this is the Web site you've been searching for!

Through each of the seven content section tutorials listed below, your students will acquire and employ decision-making skills and collaborative skills while applying principles of algebra, geometry and calculus. The science portion of these cross-curricular materials includes concepts involved in RADAR, sound and meteorology as it applies to flight. Also within this Web site you will be able to explore the world of air traffic management and learn more about NASA research in aviation operations systems and aviation safety. Each section includes online activities complemented by downloadable print materials (PDF files) that can be used in the classroom to supplement the geography, mathematics and science concepts. In addition to the activities, Virtual Skies has many online activities.

All activities correlate to the national standards in mathematics, science, geography and technology and include the following modules:

Aeronautics -
Evolution of Flight
Physics of Flight

Airport Design -
Airport Design
Travel and Disease

Air Traffic Management (ATM) -
Determining the Locus of a Flight Plan

Communication -
How does a Radio Work

Navigation -
Tools of Navigation

Research -
Flight Delays

Weather -
Weather Charts
Weather Statistics

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The Virtual Skies Web site was developed by NASA Ames Education Division and is funded in part by Aviation Operations Systems and the Aerospace Education Coordinating Committee (AECC).