Tuskegee University faculty assist with development of aerospace engineering program for high schools


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (June 30, 2011) — Tuskegee University faculty have been instrumental in developing an aerospace engineering initiative to be introduced to high school curricula nationwide. Other agencies and organizations collaborating on the project include the Alabama Department of Education, Auburn University, NASA and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

This initiative is a part of the Southern Regional Education Board’s “Preparation for Tomorrow” program, which joins together the nation’s college-ready academic core with advanced high school courses. Alabama was one of the first states selected by SREB to participate. Four high schools will pilot the program beginning this upcoming school year — Baldwin County High School, Booker T. Washington High School (Macon County), Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School and Foley High School.

Students will learn fundamental atmospheric and space flight concepts including Newton’s Law, Bernoulli’s Principle, Kepler’s Laws, and the Ideal Gas Law. Students will also learn about electrical systems, kinematics, and hydrostatics concepts. In advanced courses, students will design and test launch vehicles, build propulsion and guidance systems, and apply astronautics.

Tuskegee University is one of four of the state’s top universities that offer degrees in aerospace-related career areas. Other institutions offering such programs are Auburn, University of Alabama and University of Alabama Huntsville. Tuskegee is the only historically black institution to offer such.

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