Civil Air Patrol's aerospace education program is designed to
educate youth and inform the public about air and space matters.
America's leadership in aviation and the space program have had an
impact on everyone's life, whether it is in learning more about the
world or the solar system around us or in development of new technology
and products to enhance our quality of life.
Aerospace education can excite young people to learn more about
math, science, technology, history, and other subjects. Lessons which
are deemed boring by school students suddenly take on new meaning and
direction when they are associated with the fascinations of flight and
Civil Air Patrol aerospace education activities are divided into
both internal and external programs.
Internal education efforts include instruction for both cadets and
senior members within the Civil Air Patrol organization.
Cadet member training includes learning and testing from a six
chapter text, with topics ranging from history of flight, through flight
principles and operations, to aerospace careers.
Youth members also are involved in an orientation flight program
and other aviation related activities.
Senior members are involved in mission flight training and support
activities, together with training and teaching about aerospace.
External education includes Civil Air Patrol presentations to
school and community groups, and activities which heighten awareness in
aviation related matters.
During the past 30 years, CAP has supported some 4,000 aerospace
education workshops for teachers and education officials at more than
250 colleges and universities around the country.
These programs have prepared nearly 200,000 educators to teach
aerospace-related courses in their schools and to enrich ordinary
Other important services include curriculum planning assistance at
all levels and development of educational materials for use by teachers
in their classrooms.
The Civil Air Patrol Center for Aerospace Education Development
publishes and distributes materials to educators which range from
pamphlets and activity booklets to a complete high school elective
course. These materials are produced and sold at a cost far below
commercially available products.
CAP keeps in close contact with education departments at all
levels and with agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the
National Air and Space Museum, and the Air Force Association in order to
promote and expand aerospace education in the nation's schools.
The Civil Air Patrol also sponsors the annual National Congress on
Aviation and Space Education which is designed to assist educators, both
externally and internally, in keeping up to date on current aerospace
Cadet and senior members of the organization can vie for annual
scholarships which help finance college studies in engineering, the
humanities, education, science and other air and space related fields.
South Dakota Wing Headquarters
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