Alaska Students Learning Math and Science Through Aviation

This year’s challenge will look at the wing of a 747.

Students in Alaska have been given the opportunity to learn math and science through a hands-on aviation program.

The Real World Design Challenge program provides software to participating schools and challenges students to use their math and science skills to solve aviation problems. The challenge this year will allow students the opportunity to investigate the wing of a Boeing 747 and analyze fuel efficiency.

Schools from all over the country can participate, but the program has received an unprecedented level of support this year from Alaska where the Lt. Governor has announced that the program is being made available to every high school in the state at no cost.

Alaska as a state is one of the most active in aviation and aviation technology. Thanks to its varied and remote geography, things that work other places don’t always work in Alaska. This has led to quite a bit of aviation innovation that is often applied world-wide.

The stated goal of the program is to get young people involved in aviation. While the focus is on turning out engineers and scientists that will build the next generation of aircraft, it offers good press for the oft-maligned aviation industry.

Programs like this are needed throughout aviation industries in order to reach the next generation of pilots, mechanics, and aircraft designers. Aviation is a growth industry, but the learning curve in all aspects of aviation is often so steep that aviation industries are plagued with shortages of qualified personnel. For this reason, it is essential that programs like the Real World Design Challenge are created and nourished.

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Source: Students to launch to top of aviation education
This article was written by Matthew Everett, a private pilot, aviation writer, and frequent contributor to You can follow him on twitter @leaving_tf or find his blog at

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