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collapse Category : Aviation ‎(5)
Use paper charts to determine distance, calculate time, fuel, weight and balance.
Turns, effect of turns on lift, axes of flight, visually identify flights actions and effects.

Use first slide deck of Private pilot ground school.
Discuss the legs of the traffic pattern, altitudes, airspeeds, radio calls.
Navigating with the VOR.

Determine where Rancho Seiko is relative to Placerville or Rancho Murietta. Fly with clouds / low visibility. Once the cadet believes they are at the the correct location, turn off clouds and/or switch to map view.

Activity 2 - Randomly place the aircraft with the map view, give the cadet two VOR's to use to determine the locution on the paper chart.

Do ahead set up - create saved flights to have the aircraft placed in the predetermined location.
Fly jets (F-18 off the carrier) or helicopters. Discuss beforehand how these aircraft flight controls operate to produce motion around the 3 axis.

Use the MS FSX helicopter mission for easy setup and guidance.
collapse Category : Cybersecurity ‎(1)
Using the principles of cybersecurity presentation (attached) discuss what cybersecurity is. The class can open with a fun crytography exercise using the file name Jefferson mapping matrix.

This generally fills an hour and generates good discussion about appropriate passwords and actions to stay safe online.

Not all of the files attached will be used.
collapse Category : Robotics ‎(5)
Use legos to create an elbow and gripper, use pipe insulation to build an arm

Discuss the principles of hydraulics using syringes and tubing (what effect does air in the tubing have and why). use the syringes and tubing the make the arm bend and gripper to pinch.

Capt Stein has lego materials.
Discuss basic electronics (volts, amps, watts, ohms) and parts (electric supply, resistors, switches), parallel and series circuits.

Use snap circuit boards and manuals to build circuits.

Additional options, use a meter to take measurements to demonstrate drops in current or volts .

RISK: ensure the appropriate components are used with the applied voltage (lamps have burned out due to being placed in the wrong circuit.
Basic arm activity ( time challenge to pick up an object)

Use the STEM kit robot arm to have cadets pick up an object and place in a particular position

Prior to the activity, discuss the degrees of freedom and the mechanics of how the arm and gripper operate.
Discuss basic concepts of an algorithm to achieve a result. Illustrate how to program the STEM kit robotic arm. Discuss the design, build, test, update, cycle.

Determine and objective for the arm, then program, test, iterate until objective achieved.

If the group is large and staff are available, you can use a Mindstorm for advanced programming and different effects.
Using an RC vehicle and an obstacle course and two cadets, have one cadet control the vehicle without looking at it while the other cadet provides instructions.

Relate how this activity is similar to the mars rover with limited visibility and the need to communicate clearly and slowly.
collapse Category : Rocketry ‎(3)
Info from the manual, the cadets can then either take the exam online or the test can be administered.
Build rockets in preparation for a launch event. About an hour and a half is required for each rocket. This would take three meetings. Cadets could build one during a meeting and then be given the rockets to take home and complete.

Organize a launch event. Folsom lake / Beals point has been used in the past.
Use the altitude tracker (purchased or home made) and air rockets (stomp rocket or other homemade device) and trees and towers to determine the height. Provide basic instruction of the tangent function to explain how the numbers are derived.

Best to do this activity in the PT area and during times of the year when daylight extends into the evening.
collapse Category : Space / Astronomy ‎(3)
Will take the entire meeting and require a relocation of a single meeting.
Divide cadets into groups to research and report on a planet / space topic. 

Use register receipt activity to provide perspective of distances (take 6 ft long paper, divide in half, in one half, divide again, and again.