Aeronaut-X: Electricity, Circuits, and the X-57 Maxwell
Tuesday 12/14/2021
7:30 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades K-12
The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University in partnership with NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) is providing a 1-hour webinar.

Join us to explore the X-57, NASA's all-electric x-plane.  Learn about the aircraft and the systems needed for electric propulsion, NASA's design and testing processes, and the science behind the X-57.  Electricity and circuits will bring science to life in your classroom.  Learn about current research going on at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center with the X-57 program.

NASA’s X-57 Maxwell is an all-electric experimental aircraft with a goal to demonstrate that an all-electric airplane can be more efficient, quieter, and more environmentally friendly than airplanes powered by traditional gas piston engines. This test program, through a series of modifications, allows researchers to take a step-by-step approach to demonstrate technical improvements.

When complete, the X-57 Maxwell test program hopes to demonstrate how to safely operate an all-electric, zero-emissions aircraft, including its battery and power distribution systems. That knowledge will be helpful to future engineers interested in designing all-electric air vehicles that might be used for everything from advanced air mobility to moving passengers and cargo.

 Come celebrate NASA's first all-electric x-plane, the X-57.

 Leave with a classroom ready PowerPoint that works great for an in-person, at home or virtual presentation.  It includes embedded videos, links and aligns to the Next Generation Science Standards.



April Lanotte is the STEM Integration Lead for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. With over 25 years of education experience in formal and informal settings including K-12 classrooms as well as museums, post-secondary experience with pre-service teacher preparation, and 10 years supporting NASA, her passions include STEM and literacy, all-things aeronautics, and exploring the many ways aerospace impacts our lives. Born and raised in the small town of Mars, PA, her initial love of astronomy and aviation continued to grow and she now looks for ways to connect everyone with the vast resources available in aeronautics for people of all ages.

Barbie Buckner is a 20+ year STEM classroom teacher with a Doctorate Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Louisville. Her research interest include the impact of technology on student achievement and teacher behavior. Buckner recently served as a 2013-14 Einstein Fellow at the National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Directorate where she collaborated with colleagues on learning, learning environments, broadening participating and workforce development. Barbie sees education as her calling and has spent her life sharing her love for learning with everyone around her. Knowing that today’s student will compete in a global economy, Barbie says that “It is imperative that today’s students are prepared with consistent, rigorous, and relevant standards that encourage more STEM majors, particularly women, to keep this great nation at the forefront in technology, innovation, and advancement.”