Aeronautics

Aeronautics
Students assembling IC aeronautics kit
Overview

The Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools’ Aeronautics Program provides an engineering and industry certification platform for students looking to prepare for a career pathway in Aviation Engineering and Flight. 

Our programming in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) partners with industry leaders to ensure aligned, college-ready coursework for students of St. Vrain Valley Schools. 

Beyond industry and higher education involvement, students of the Innovation Center’s Aeronautics Program pursue districtwide STEM connections through the use of aerial drone challenges and competitions.

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Pathways

The Aeronautics Program currently offers two pathways.  Students have the option to be involved in both depending on individual course load. The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pathway focuses on student conceptual, practical, and the engineering of drones to be utilized in our Federal Airspace.  Students have the opportunity to earn their FAA Part 107 UAS Commercial Certification. The Pilot pathway, endorsed and support by Aims Community College of Aviation Programs, focuses on the ground training content needed to pass the FAA Private Pilot written exam. With the support of qualified staff and industry Certified Flight Instructors, student pilots can get a step ahead in the career field of becoming a commercial pilot.

Courses

UAVED Engineering and Design

  • UAVED Engineering and Design
    CTE83155
    Spring
    Fall
    - Open to all 9th - 12th graders (Ideally finishing UAS Flight Concepts & Training first)

    Utilizing the industry standard Aircraft Design Cycle and fabrication laboratory equipment, students will have the opportunity to engineer and design a UAV recreational and commercial fixed wing and multirotor aircraft to solve a real world problem.

UAS Flight Concepts & Training

  • UAS Flight Concepts & Training
    CTE83150
    Spring
    Fall
    - Open to all 9th-12th graders (No prerequisites)

    AVT 155 - Introduces and develops flight control and piloting techniques for common Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) platforms. Students learn and demonstrate maneuvers, procedures, and best practices for safe UAS operation on fixed wing and rotary wing systems. Develops the skills and knowledge required to be a pilot of a UAS in the National Airspace System. Students who are new to aviation will develop functional knowledge in the areas of pilot-in-command responsibilities, aerodynamic principles, aviation meteorology, and the flight environment.

Pilot Ground School 1

  • Pilot Ground School 1
    CTE83157
    Spring
    Fall
    Intro to Pilot Ground 1 begins the SVVSD Private Pilot course pathway for students interested in exploring the careers in the general aviation industry. Prepares students for the Private Pilot Airplane, Single Engine, Land - FAA Knowledge Exam. Included in this course will be a look at
    Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Control, aviation airspace, aviation weather, future aviation and careers in aviation.

    • Open to all 9-12th graders

UAS Applications

  • UAS Applications
    CTE83151
    Spring
    Fall
    - Open to all 9th - 12th graders

    Students get involved with UAS industry related work and support in the Aeronautics program development. Students will learn to work on project teams, develop scopes of work, apply engineering principles and design thinking practices, utilize new fabrication equipment, manage contractual and non-contractual based UAS work. Students could option for SVVSD employment.

UAS Design Integrations 1

  • UAS Design Integrations 1
    CTE83152
    Fall
    Open to 11th & 12th graders who have completed UAS Flight Training and UAVED (Engineering and Design)

    In a one to two semester project of study, students will design a new product/process solution through a COTS UAS drone integration approach. Utilizing the design thinking model and innovation center technologies, students will learn to develop a UAS centered problem and work with current industry for possible design solutions. This course partners with the IC Entrepreneurial program for student business fundamentals and practices.

UAS Design Integrations 2

  • UAS Design Integrations 2
    CTE83153
    Spring
    Open to 11th & 12th graders who have completed UAS Flight Training and UAVED (Engineering and Design)

    In a one to two semester project of study, students will design a new product/process solution through a COTS UAS drone integration approach. Utilizing the design thinking model and innovation center technologies, students will learn to develop a UAS centered problem and work with current industry for possible design solutions. This course partners with the IC Entrepreneurial program for student business fundamentals and practices.

Pilot Ground School 2

  • Pilot Ground School 2
    CTE83158
    Spring
    Fall
    Final ground course prep for students and the Private Pilot Airplane, Single Engine, Land - FAA Knowledge Exam Included in this course will be a look at Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Control, aviation airspace, aviation weather, future aviation and careers in aviation.
Project Teams

Aero Team

Innovation Center Aero Team Students flying a drone
Aero Team

The Aero team is the representative and industry application student workforce highlight of the Aeronautics program. Student designers have the opportunity to participate in sUAS research and development projects ranging from fixed wing to multirotor aircraft platforms, to new and innovative designs to be used in our marketing/community outreach sustainability program. Opportunities also include UAS contractual based work involving real estate, orthomosaic imagery, custom builds, aerial commercials, and defense work. The team also supports student UAS pilot growth, offering IC UAS Certifications in multirotor and fixed wing endorsements, and Certified Flight Instructors to maintain a high level of training opportunities within the program.