New Academy Facility Up and Running

The Academy of Aerospace and Engineering at John Wallace Middle School moved into its new facility this week. After years of planning and budgeting, Newington Public Schools has constructed a world-class science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) wing for the school that opened on Monday, October 5th. The Academy students, who had been in a temporary science room for the first several weeks of school, were elated to move into a spacious, new suite of rooms. The following photos show the students working on lessons over the past week. In the first several photos,  they are following a NASA engineering design process to design and build Rube Goldberg machines. This project is the culmination of their jointly studying simple machines and an aerospace application of simple machines, airplane flight controls. The Rube Goldberg machines they build will use simple machines and have the theme of airplane flight controls. In the last two photos, students are seeing firsthand how secondary flight controls work and how they affect flight. This integrated approach to learning is the fundamental strategy for the Academy.

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Author: Bryan Holmes, Physics & Math Teacher, STEM Competition Mentor

Starting at Thomaston High School in Thomaston, Connecticut, in fall of 2018.

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