Aerospace Education is defined by CAP as:
Cadet Program - Cadets have a mandatory aerospace education program. They must learn about aerospace education to progress in CAP. The governing regulation for Cadet aerospace education is CAPR 52-16, Cadet Program Management. Cadets must pass formal tests to progress in the achievement levels and in the awards system.
Senior Program - The CAP internal aerospace mission encompasses aerospace education for the cadet and senior member. Seniors have an elective aerospace education program. An elective program however, does not mean a nonexistent program. Seniors must learn about aerospace to serve as mentors and role models for the cadets and to support the external aerospace education program. The governing regulation for the senior program is CAPR 52-17, CAP Senior Member Training Program. Seniors may earn the Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award.
External Program - The external program is community outreach. CAP has focused on schools and teachers as an excellent way to promote aerospace education. Educators may join CAP as an aerospace education member (AEM). In addition to the schools system, CAP members assist boy and girl scouts, girl and boy clubs, 4-H groups and day care centers.
The job of the unit (Squadron) AEO is to support the aerospace education mission of CAP within the unit (internal) and to promote aerospace education to the general public (external).
The CAP internal aerospace mission encompasses aerospace education for the cadet and senior member. The unit AEO must understand what cadets need to do to satisfy their requirements and must strive to present aerospace education as a fun, esteem-building experience. The unit AEO must encourage Seniors to learn about aerospace so that they may in turn serve as mentors and role models for the cadets and to support the external aerospace education program.
The CAP external aerospace mission emphasizes community outreach. The unit AEO should foster relationships with schools and teachers, boy and girl scouts, girl and boy clubs, 4-H groups and day care centers.
National Congress on Aviation and Space Education (NCASE):
Michael Castania, Lt.Col.
Director of Aerospace Education
Joe Adamo, Maj.
Assistant Director of Aerospace Education-Internal
Welcome to the Aerospace Education Officer (AEO) Resource page. This page provides links that relate directly to the positions of AEOs and DAEs.
If you are looking for lesson plans, activities, textbooks, and AE-related program information (e.g. TOP Flights and AEX), please visit the CAP AE main page at http://www.capmembers.com/ae.
Click to view SUCCESSES and BEST PRACTICES.
Click to download a brochure of AE Curriculum material.
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AE CONTACT INFORMATION:
As approved by the National Board, the Aerospace Education specialty badge recognizes senior member volunteer service in Aerospace Education.
Request the badge using CAPF 2a. (Procedures may vary depending on the wing.)
CAP's Model Rocketry program is an achievement program for cadets interested in the science, technology, and flight of model rockets. The guide (available below) builds on the foundation of Aerospace Dimensions, Module 4 Rockets, to introduce cadets to the hobby and science of model rocketry. The guide begins with simple alternative-power models and progressively challenges cadets with more advanced models.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROCKETRY http://www.nar.org/teacher.html
Civil Air Patrol Model Rocketry Handbook
Model Rocketry CAP Aerospace Education page
Handbook of Model Rocketry 7th Edition (suggested resource)http://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Model-Rocketry-Edition-Official/dp/0471472425
NEW INFO Model Rocketry Tests: Each squadron should have a hard copy of each rocketry test. The hard copy may be photocopied and given to cadets taking the test. The tests are also available online through the CAP Learning Management System (LMS) on eServices and can be accessed through the following link: LMS. The test may be given either by hard copy or taken online.
- If provided by hardcopy, the test should be graded and the cadet provided a "Completion Certificate" (located at the bottom of the page) for the appropriate test.
In the event a copy of a rocketry test is needed, please send your request to LMS@capnhq.gov or firstname.lastname@example.org . In your request, provide a point of contact and email address. NOTE: The model rocketry tests are NOW available online through the CAP Learning Management System (LMS) under Aerospace Education. For any problems with the LMS, contact LMS@capnhq.gov.
Model Rocketry Books: Each squadron should have one hard copy of the Model Rocketry book. If the squadron does not have a copy, the AEO and/or the instructor for the Model Rocketry Program may order one copy through the "CAP Materials" link on eServices. Because the books are for the instructors and due to limited printing funds at CAP NHQ, only one book may be ordered. The instructor may photocopy any information he/she feels is necessary to provide to cadets. Another suggestion is to direct the cadets to this web page where they can download any part of the book below.
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