On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the Aerospace Engineering Department participated in the 24th annual Women in Aviation Day. Over 400 sixth-grade girls from Volusia and Flagler counties visited the ICI Center to participate in aviation related activities. We were very lucky to have a current NASA Astronaut, Nicole Stott, at our booth interacting with the girls. Nicole is also a member of the Board of Trustees and the Industry Advisory Board.
Our project involved putting together small balsa wood airplanes,balancing them, and then testing them. At the booth, there were paper clips and putty to add to the planes to visualize what happens when the weight is improperly distributed. The girls had a great time adding weight to the wingtips and watching their airplanes roll left and right. Some even showed enough interest to alter the empennage and see what happened.
At a University that is nearly 80% male, events like this one are essential to diversifying and improving the aerospace field. With the help of Nicole Stott, we hope we have shown these girls that they can have promising futures in aviation and science.
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