http://hotseatsim.com • Retail Price: $3,395
HotSeat’s Edustation flight simulator is a realistic and
full-featured flight simulator that is designed to
integrate into all areas of STEM education. It is
one of several models sold by the company. This
particular model is designed for middle and high
school students. It is self-contained and mobile so it
can be shared among teachers in a variety of subjects.
Quality and Effectiveness: The Edustation is well built and easily
moved. The controls are sturdy and when they are combined with
the large screen and headphones, it is easy to get a real-life flight
experience. The system is truly a plug-and-play model that gets you
up and running quickly. Everything is self-contained, so you just
need to plug it in, start up the computer, and open the software.
Ease of Use: The real power behind this product lies in the
software. It is powered by Lockheed Martin’s Prepare3D flight
software. The teacher can set the software so it can be tailored to a
variety of skill levels. You can save and load flights that allow you to start
in the air or on the ground. The hands-on controls give you everything
you need for flight and the onscreen cockpit is interactive and realistic.
Like any new skill, there is a learning curve, but the software can be
adjusted to accommodate an aspiring pilot up to the most seasoned
aviator. One thing I really liked is that you can turn off the crashing
mode so the plane just “bounces” off the ground and the user can
continue the flight.
Creative Use of Technology: The Edustation simulator is a very
innovative use of technology because of the realistic environments
teachers can create (e.g., weather, terrain, and location) to teach STEM
subjects at a variety of skill levels. Edustations can even be networked
together to allow students to fly in groups or formations. From small
planes to large commercial jets, there are a variety of aircraft to
challenge students. While in the “cockpit,” there are controls that allow
you to look around and change your views so you can get a real-life
experience. Students can actually learn how to fly with the Edustation.
HotSeat is also developing 30 STEM lab lessons for middle and high
school students. Each lesson will be aligned to the Common Core
standards and will be available in Fall 2014.
Suitability for Use in a School Environment: The Edustation can
fit into a variety of curricular areas, especially math and science. The
unit is portable and easy to set up and run. The cost for a single unit
may be challenging for some districts, but its portability makes it easy
to share. The students will be motivated and standing in line to use it.
• The realism of its flight simulation technology allows for flying in a variety of
environments and locations.
• It touches on many areas of STEM education, which gives teachers the
flexibility to use it for a variety of topics and subjects.
• The product’s portability and ease of use allow it to be shared by more than one
classroom. This helps justify the cost for a single unit and reaches more students.
is a very innovative
use of flight simulator
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