“Aerospace" refers to all flying activities, within the Earth's atmosphere and beyond.
“Aerospace Education" is general (not specialized) education concerned with communicating knowledge, skills, and attitudes about aerospace activities and the total impact of air and space vehicles upon society.
Congress realized a strong aerospace capability, in both military and civilian sectors, is essential to the national well-being. They entrusted Civil Air Patrol with the responsibility of informing and educating its own members, as well as the general public, about aerospace issues. We need to support aerospace education for the general public, and also develop public understanding of the importance of being aerospace-aware and informed.
We are not trying to train professional aviators; we are giving the people of our country knowledge about air and space, and air and space travel.
View available awards and achievements in the Aerospace Education field
Northeast Region Aerospace Education Officer School
Goals of the Aerospace Education Officer School
- To educate CAP AEO's at Group and squadron levels about their duties, and resources available.
- To share experiences and ideas to provide excellence in the CAP AE program.
- To increase effective communication between local AE Officers and National AE Staff.
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- CAP AE is pleased to offer a curriculum product to our members called CAP-TERS, which stands for Civil Air Patrol Teachers Educational Remote Sensing. This DVD product gives teachers and AEOs a tool to teach geography and aerospace education. If you would like a copy of the DVD (for free!), please send an e-mail with your address to Dr. Daniel J. Benny, Maj. CAP, DCS Aerospace Education.
- The Model Aircraft and Remote Control (MARC) Flying Program is also available. If you would like a copy of the CD (for free!), please send an e-mail with your address to Dr. Daniel J. Benny, Maj. CAP, DCS Aerospace Education.
- Do you have students or cadets under the age of 19? Did you know they can join the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) for FREE? Click here for AMA membership info. AMA and CAP signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Jan. 8, 2011. Check out the 9-minute video clip showing the signing and information about CAP.
- Deadlines to submit bi-annual $250 AFA unit grant applications are June 30 (summer cycle) and December 31 (winter cycle). If you need assistance writing a grant proposal, please contact either your Wing Director of Aerospace Education or Dr. Daniel J. Benny, Maj. CAP, DCS Aerospace Education.