AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (AE) PLTW
PREREQUISITES: GPA: 2.5 cumulative or higher. Attendance: 90% or higher; Algebra II with a B- or higher; Reading/Writing:
10th grade level.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for PLTW Member Schools: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering
Recommended: Average Math and Engineering grade: B- or higher; Physics (completed or concurrent enrollment).
*Engineering involves applied mathematics; therefore, students are strongly encouraged to take the most rigorous math course
for which they qualify and concurrently with their engineering course.
Ever wonder what makes an airplane fly? Aerospace Engineering will give students the opportunity to understand the physics of
flight. This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and experience to apply mathematical, scientific, and
engineering principles to the design, development, and evolution of aircraft, space vehicles and their operating systems. In the
classroom, students will engage in creative thinking and problem-solving activities using software that allows students to design,
test, and evaluate a variety of air and space vehicles, their systems, and launching, guidance and control procedures. Students
will build and test airfoils, gliders and model rockets, as well as fly a plane in a flight simulator program. Students can expect to
work with and/or be mentored by professionals in the aviation/aerospace career field from around the Greater Kansas City
metropolitan area. What makes things fly?