AEL’s workshops are intended for 4-12 students. We offer teachers a workshop for them to take before bringing their students and we also offer a workshop to groups from the outside community.
- At the beginning of the workshop we introduce students to AEL, give an introduction to NASA’s aerospace background, and explain the stations students can select from.
- Once at their corresponding stations, students fill a questionnaire on their demographic and their study interests.
- At this point we proceed to answer the question “How do planes fly?” We demonstrate the principles of physics behind flight with a series of experiments in which students interact.
- Then students move to a station of their preference and begin the simulations. All students will take turns to use our flight simulator. You may check out our stations here.
- At the end of the day students will fill a second questionnaire on their experience.
- The next day, students can bring their work to class and share their experiences with their teacher and classmates.
These workshops are intended for teachers (grades 4-12) who want to go through the AEL experience before bringing their students. It prepares teachers to discuss with their students what they can expect during their visit. At the end of the workshop, teachers can immediately make an appointment to bring their groups.
Teacher workshops are planned for no more than twenty (20) teachers. These four-hour workshops are usually held on Saturday mornings or on a weekday after 3 p.m. (usually 4-8:00 p.m.) We urge teachers to take this workshop once before bringing their students.
Teachers that take the workshop will have the opportunity of designing an activity for students to do in the AEL facilities. More details on this opportunity will be given during the teacher workshop.
These workshops are intended for students (grades 4-12). Groups are expected to be homogeneous in terms of school level. Although students from all levels (elementary, middle or high school) are welcome, groups should not be mixed. Workshops are limited to 20 participants. Groups larger than 20 students can be split in two subgroups no larger than 20 students each, and do a different, parallel activity. Please call to coordinate this second activity.
It is specially important that you notify us when bringing elementary school children, since we have to make corresponding adjustments in the activities to be conducted.
Outside Community Workshop
This workshop can be equivalent either to the Student Workshop or the Teacher Workshop. Groups of up to 20 community participants are accepted. The term community refers to an heterogeneous or homogeneous external group of people.
The group leader must call ISMuL to request an appointment.
If your group has more than 20 students, you can request a complementary workshop for half of the group to take while the other half attends the AEL workshop. These complementary workshops are provided by ISMuL. You may choose among different subjects, such as: Robotics, Exoplanets, Geology and Astronomy. Visit ISMuL’s website for more workshop examples. You must request the workshop with anticipation.
Note: Please do not bring food or drink of any kind to the laboratory.