Distance Rate Time Problems: Smart Skies
This web seminar for educators of students in grades 4–6 features an engaging activity
called “Smart Skies.” In this activity, students explore the mathematics involved
in the role of an air traffic controller. The challenge is to use mathematical reasoning
and distance, rate, and time concepts to change airplane routes and speeds to line
up three airplanes safely and with proper spacing at a given intersection. Web seminar
participants will receive an overview of the “Smart Skies” activity and discuss
ways to modify it to include the engineering design process.
NASA is collaborating with the Federal Aviation Administration and other industry
partners to develop advanced automation concepts and tools that provide air traffic
controllers, pilots, and other airspace users with more accurate real-time information
about the nation's air traffic flow, weather, and routing. The greater precision
of this information is a key enabler of the Next Generation Air Transportation System.
The “Smart Skies” activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national
mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addressing the Common Core State Standards, Mathematics for grades 4–6.
Common Core State Standards, Mathematics
addressed in this web seminar:
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
- Measurement and data
- Grade 6
- The number system
- Expressions and equations
Title: Distance Rate Time Problems: Smart Skies
Target audience: Educators of grades 4–6
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT / 4:30 p.m. MT / 3:30 p.m. PT
Duration: 90 minutes
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Presenter: Tony Leavitt
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