From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mitchell Sprague) Organization: Mendocino Middle School Date: 10 Mar 94 13:07:32 PST
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As part of the NASA K12NREN School Partnership Program, fourth grade students at Mendocino Middle School in California are studying the history and the future of aeronautics. The theme of their unit is "The Confluence of Technology and Ideas"--i.e., how do ideas and technology come together to move inventions forward. Our students have a few questions we think you can help us with if you are involved in any way in aeronautics design of any kind. Please feel free to answer any or all of them and to post this widely. 1. What type of aircraft would you design if you had any technology available? 2. What keeps designers from taking the next "big step"? 3. What technology, in your opinion/experience has had the biggest impact on aircraft design? What will impact design the most in the coming years? What are the next problems to solve in terms of materials and manufacutre? 4. What features do you want to see in an airplane? 5. Briefly describe any work you do related to aircraft design. Please respond to email@example.com and not to the conference. Mitchell Sprague firstname.lastname@example.org Mendocino Middle School California State Telemation Project NASA K-12NREN Partner School Program "Perhaps we may frighten away the ghosts of so many years ago with a little illumination."