The 2014 Aerospace Educator Workshop

As part of the Arizona Science and Technology Festival, the Phoenix Section of AIAA and Orbital Sciences held a workshop for teachers. This was a four-hour workshop, aimed at K-12 educators who wish to enhance their understanding of aerospace topics in order to be more effective in teaching related curriculum.


Three presentations were made by engineers or scientists on the following topics:
• Basics of Rocketry
• How Satellites Work
• Teaching Basics of Aerodynamics and a Cardboard Wind Tunnel You Can Build
These sessions were followed by a tour of Orbital’s satellite manufacturing facility.


Orbital Sciences Satellite Manufacturing Facility
1721 W. Elliot Rd
Gilbert, Arizona 85233


8:45 am open to attendees for sign-in. Please bring ID to meet corporate security requirements.
9:00 am - Welcome - Mike Lucht, Orbital Sciences
9:15 am - Fun with Aerodynamics Using a Cardboard Wind Tunnel - M. Mackowski & D. Barbeau
10:15 am - Basics of Rocketry - Brian Katz
11:00 am - How Satellites Work - M. Mackowski
11:45 am - Challenger Center Resources for Educators - Kim Merrill
12:00 - Tour of the Satellite Manufacturing Facility
1:00 - Tours complete

Professional Development

A certificate for four hours of professional development was provided to participants.

Contact Information

For questions please contact Mike Mackowski at:
Cel: 480-282-1343