Kansas Learning Standards

All content materials for TriStar Experience are aligned to state and national academic standards in science, language arts, and mathematics. Each station features at least one aspect of aerodynamics fundamentals and they provide the background information about flight, as well as hands-on science experiences to design, build, test, fly, and revise models to explore flight concepts. While discussing the history and future of aviation, students can develop a passion for the challenges and possibilities of aerodynamics.




Describe the relationship between a series of historical events,scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.


Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs)and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text(e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).


Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantita tively, and orally.



Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.


Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.


Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.



Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.


Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally



RST.6-8.7Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).


RST.6-8.8Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.

RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technicaltexts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions. (MS-PS2-1)

RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks. (MS-PS2-1)

WHST.6-8.7Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration. (MS-PS2-)

Mathematics –

MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (MS-PS2-1R)

6.NS.C.5 Understand that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values; use positive and negative numbers to represent quantities in real-world contexts, explaining the meaning of 0 in each situation. (MS-PS2-1)

6.EE.A.2 Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers. (MS-PS2-1)

7.EE.B.3 Solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form, using tools strategically. Apply
properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form; convert between forms as appropriate; and assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies. (MS-PS2-1)

7.EE.B.4 Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by
reasoning about the quantities. (MS-PS2-1)