Alternative Education Center students started integrating aerospace education into their literature studies these past weeks as part of their entry to this year's Aerospace Education Excellence Program (AEX). Students actively engaged in designing paper airplanes and testing the variables affecting the distance of the flight, before they analyzed a poem titled, Post Early for Space using the strategy TP-FASSTT (Title, Paraphrase, Figurative Devices, Attitude, Shift, Speaker, Title, Theme). Students used sensory details as they described the variables tested.
Moreover, before analyzing a drama titled, Dragonwings using a drama analysis chart, students designed a foam replica of the Air Force Academy TG-4 A Glider. They described their experience designing their sailplane using figurative language. At the conclusion of both activities, students wrote summaries of their poem and drama analyses. Their writing outputs were sent to their international learning partners for further feedback.