TsAGI, Other WCRC ‘Supersonic’ Consortium Members Back Scientists-to-Schools Action within Science-at-Hand Initiative in Decade of Science and Technologies
16 February 2023
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The program was focused on the WCRC’s key target—the creation of new supersonic transport. A science popularization program was presented as a quest to the schoolchildren by young scientists from the WCRC. In teams, the schoolchildren did their tasks by moving stage-by-stage, with each stage representing specialization of WCRC laboratories—aerodynamics and sonic boom, aeroacoustics, propulsion, AI and flight safety.
During roundtables, the scientists were asked on the current challenges of supersonic transport aerodynamics and sonic boom. The schoolchildren also did practical tasks, did aeroacoustics experiments, played Treacherous Supersonicer board game, and could land an aircraft with flight simulator.
An aviation quiz was organized for the schoolchildren. What was the name of Yuri Gagarin’s spaceship? Why was the Tu-144, the first supersonic transport, provided with nose lowering? What is supersonic boom? These and other questions were asked to senior students.
‘The youth has positive feedback towards such “live” research narratives. This modern approach is understandable for the coming generation and evokes true interest towards complicated fundamental issue of aviation science,’ said Pudalova, Deputy Head at WCRC ‘Supersonic’ and Head for Advanced Development at TsAGI.