Aerospace Education

Civil Air Patrol's aerospace education programs -- part of CAP's Congressional charter -- provide its members and the educational community information about aviation and space activities. It underlines the need for aerospace strength and the importance of the aerospace sector to the overall economy and quality of life.

Each year it supports about 200 aerospace education workshops for teachers at approximately 100 colleges and universities around the country, preparing an estimated 5,000 teachers to teach aerospace-related subjects in their classrooms. The National Congress on Aviation and Space Education, an annual national convention for aerospace teachers, is one of CAP's major contributions to the nation's aerospace education. The organization also develops curriculum and publishes aerospace educational materials for use in the nation's schools.

The Aerospace Education directorate is responsible for providing an organization to encourage and aid citizens of the United States in contributing their efforts, services, and resources in developing aviation and in maintaining air supremacy and to provide aviation education and training especially to its senior and cadet members.

Aerospace Education Officer (AEO)
Applicable to Regions, Wings, Groups and Squadrons)

Directs the aerospace education program at their level of command. They shall:
  • Implement aerospace education policy and advise the commander on status of AE programs under his/her command.
  • Recruit, train and assist subordinate AEOs.
  • Ensure that AE staff positions are filled at their level and subordinate levels.
  • Maintain a current roster of AEOs at their level and subordinate levels.
  • Establish and review budget requirements.
  • Monitor aerospace education requirements from higher headquarters to ensure compliance.
  • Develop an AE Plan of Action. (Wing, Group, and Squadron)
  • Regularly update your immediate commander on the progress of the AE Plan of Action.
  • Complete the Yeager Award or be working on completing it.
  • Complete the end-of-year AE Activity Report. (Wing, Group and Squadron)
  • Enroll in the Aerospace Education Specialty Track 215 or have completed it.
  • Visit or communicate with subordinate units.
  • Encourages interest in the Teacher Orientation Program (TOP) Flights. (Wing, Group and Squadron)
  • Solicit the submission of AE Awards from subordinate units including: Brewer Awards, Mission Awards, AEO of the Year Award, and AE Teacher of the Year Award.
  • Convene a committee to select winners for AE awards including: Brewer Awards, Mission Awards, AEO of the Year Award, AE Teacher of the Year Award. (Region and Wing)
  • Conduct the weekly AE current events update. (Group and Squadron)
Internal Aerospace Education Officer
Applicable to Regions, Wings, Groups and Squadrons)

Responsible for completing duties as assigned by the Region, Wing, Group, or Squadron Aerospace Education Officer. They shall:
  • Direct the internal aerospace education program.
  • Complete the Yeager Award or be working on completing it.
  • Enroll in the AEO 215 Specialty Track or have completed it.
  • Implement the aerospace education portion of the cadet program in their unit or units.
  • Implement the Aerospace Education Program for Senior Members.
  • Encourage senior members to take the Yeager Test.
  • Encourage senior members to participate in the AE 215 Specialty Track.
  • Review AE Plan of Action and determine a schedule for AE activities.
  • Encourage unit participation in the voluntary Aerospace Education Excellence (AEX) Program.
  • Encourage unit participation in the voluntary Model Rocketry Program.
  • Encourage unit participation in the Air Force Association/Civil Air Patrol grant program.
  • Develop special aerospace education activities for cadets and seniors.
External Aerospace Education Officer
(Applicable to Regions, Wings, Groups and Squadrons)

Responsible for completing duties assigned by the Region, Wing, Group, or Squadron Aerospace Education Officer. They shall:
  • Direct the external aerospace education program.
  • Complete the Yeager Award or be working on completing it.
  • Enroll in the AEO 215 Specialty Track or have completed it.
  • Recruit Aerospace Education Members (AEM) into CAP.
  • Support AEMs with visits to their classrooms and by conducting aerospace education activities.
  • Encourage AEMs to participate in the voluntary Aerospace Education Excellence Program.
  • Encourage AEMs and other CAP teacher members to participate in the Fly-a-Teacher Program.
  • Promote and assist with aerospace education projects such as workshops and seminars.
  • Promote CAP aerospace education programs and educational materials in schools.
  • Promote CAP’s external AE mission to the regular uniformed CAP members.
  • Establish and maintain contact with educational agencies promoting CAP AE products.
  • Present AE lessons and activities in many different educational settings.
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