The Invention and Development of Rotorcraft


Date : Sat., September 26, 2009 Category : Butcher History Institute



The story of rotary wing flight is one of innovation and heroism, in equal measure. At a time when airplanes were spanning the globe as luxury liners of the air, a small group of visionary engineers set out to develop aircraft for a variety of demanding missions requiring precision control far beyond anything ever envisioned. These pioneering innovators overcame technical challenges with breakthrough designs, careful (and fearless) testing, and sometimes, many times, being willing to try things when others knew that they would fail.

The Wachman Center, in partnership with the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, is presenting this seminar for high school teachers that tells the story of the American rotorcraft industry through the innovations that made vertical flight a reality, and then a necessity, in carrying out vital military and civilian missions. The program will develop curricular materials for high school history, economics, and science classes that will be made available free of charge to teachers worldwide.

Topics and Speakers

Welcomes and Introductions


09/26/2009 - 10:30 AM to 10:40 AM
Robert M. Beggs

Chairman, AHMEC

Walter A. McDougall

Co-Chair - Madeleine and W.W. Keen Butcher History Institute


Inventions and Innovations: How Impractical and Curious Machines Came to be Indispensable in our Lives


09/26/2009 - 10:40 AM to 10:55 AM
Lawrence Husick

Co-Director - Program on Teaching Innovation


Early Helicopter Innovation: Challenges, Pioneers, and Philadelphia


09/26/2009 - 10:55 AM to 12:15 PM
Bruce H. Charnov

Associate Professor Emeritus, Hofstra University

Igor Sikorsky, Jr.

Frederick Piasecki


Keynote – Helicopters in the Military: The Story of HMX-1


09/26/2009 - 1:15 PM to 1:45 PM
Mark Peterson

Boeing Company


Military Rotorcraft Innovation – 1940 – 2009


09/26/2009 - 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM
Samuel S. Evans

Research Associate, Pennsylvania State University


Teaching Innovation: Helicopters as Multifaceted Case Studies in History, Economics, Science and Vocational Education


09/26/2009 - 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Bill Grauer

Boeing Company

Lawrence Husick

Co-Director - Program on Teaching Innovation

Samuel S. Evans

Research Associate, Pennsylvania State University

Paul Dickler

Senior Fellow - Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy

Robert M. Beggs

Chairman, AHMEC


Location


Venue


American Helicopter Museum and Education Center


1220 American Blvd. PA West Chester 19380

Registration links


Register Deadline


Related Program(s)


Madeleine and W.W. Keen Butcher History Institute

Program on Teaching Innovation

All teachers who complete the program will receive an FPRI Certificate of Instruction, as well as related curriculum materials. Registration is free but reservations are required. Lunch, parking, and coffee breaks are provided at no cost. RSVP: [email protected]

For essays, lesson plans, and resources on innovation, visit:

http://www.fpri.org/education/innovation/