Authentic Project Ideas – Designing and Running an Airport

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What does it take to run an airport?  How many different types of jobs are there at airports? If you stop and watch for a while, it’s amazing how many people are involved in keeping an airport running and getting flights into the air.

A great authentic project might be to do research and then create a chart of all the jobs that it takes to run an airport.  What type of training does each job require?  Education?  Experience?  And don’t forget the jobs involved with running an airline.

Another authentic project could be to propose a location for a new airport. What needs to be considered when proposing a new site for an airport?  Design this new airport. Draw up plans, build a model.  (Research/Reading, Writing, Math…)

And why is it that whenever I have to change planes at an airport, the two gates are as far from each other as possible?

 

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