Middle & High School Resources

100 Years of Passenger Air Travel

Immerse yourself in five illustrated scenes, each depicting an era of passenger flight, and explore the changes that have occurred in passenger air travel since the dawn of commercial aviation, in this interactive graphic timeline

Infographic Histories of Passenger Air Travel

These ten infographics, which are part of the interactive feature 100 Years of Passenger Air Travel, tell the stories of advances that have occurred over the century in aircraft design, passenger experience, safety innovations, social impact, and environmental issues. 

Spy Gliders

Test a glider payload that supports a mobile camera

Bolt Catcher

Students explore energy, motion, and engineering design as they work to create a bolt catcher — a device used to absorb energy from bolts during the separation of a space shuttle from booster rockets.


This engineering design module introduces the design and use of composite materials; with a special focus on carbon fiber composites and their use in modern airplane design and manufacture, such as with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Challenge of Flight

Aerospace engineers consider forces that affect flight when designing a new plane

Higher and Faster

Explore the social and economic factors as well as the engineering innovations that have driven—and continue to drive—both higher and faster commercial flight

Extreme Biosuits

This module’s essential challenge focuses on biosuit construction. Biosuits, such as spacesuits and hazmat suits, protect scientists and engineers when they work in extreme environments.

Soft Landing

Students devise a way to protect an astronaut during a landing by designing and testing a capsule for a spacecraft

Quieter Cabin

Acoustics is the study of the properties of sound and how sound is transmitted through space. Engineers working on airplane design pay close attention to the acoustics of the airplane cabin in an effort to keep passengers as comfortable as possible.