Aerospace Education is defined by CAP as: 

"The branch of general education concerned with communicating knowledge, skills, and attitudes about aerospace activities and the total impact of air and space vehicles upon society."

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 Aerospace Education Officer

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.

  • An important part of CAP's external program is the Aerospace Education Member (AEM) Program. This program is designed primarily for teachers from kindergarten through twelfth grade who want to promote aerospace education in their schools using CAP educational products and resources. For their $30 annual membership dues, AEMs receive a membership certificate, lapel pin, periodic newsletters, special educational products, the opportunity to participate in CAP's School Aerospace Excellence Award Program, etc. Recognizing their budgets are tight, we also have a special $15 annual membership rate for undergraduate student teachers. If military airlift is available, AEMs receive priority seating on aircraft traveling to CAP's National Congress on Aviation and Space Education. In May 1998, CAP's governing board modified the AEM program to allow organizations to join CAP and for a designated individual in that organization to receive the AEM membership benefits.

National Congress on Aviation and Space Education (NCASE): 
NCASE is the premier aerospace education conference of its kind in the nation. It is also one of Civil Air Patrol’s major contributions to America’s aerospace education community. CAP uses this forum to promote science, math and technology in today’s classrooms. Presented annually since 1968, NCASE brings together educators from around the nation to learn from a variety of gifted speakers and motivational teachers. Aerospace-oriented hands-on activities for all grade levels are offered in a variety of break-out sessions. Educators share new experiences and discover learning tools that will capture the imagination of their students. Teachers learn how the wonders of aviation and space can be a way to teach ordinary subjects in an extraordinary way. Several awards are presented during the conference including the A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award, the National Aeronautic Association’s Frank G. Brewer Trophy, National Coalition for Aviation Education Leadership Award, and the National Congress Crown Circle for Aerospace Education Leadersh


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 download a brochure of AE Curriculum material.

 PowerPoint Presentations:

  • AEO Toolkit Slides (updated March 2011)

  • CAP Overview for AEMs - presentation that accompanies the following video (but has been updated- March '14). (Takes a while to download, but has slide show capability and notes.)
  • --> A quicker pdf version of the CAP Overview for AEMs is found HERE.
  • CAP Video Overview for AEMs:


To view the video in Windows Media Player click the link below.  To download a copy of the video, right click the link below and choose "save target as".
Click Here to view/download the AEM Video for Windows Media Player.


To download a Quicktime copy of the video, right click on the link below and choose "save target as".  You will need Quicktime to playback the video. 
  If you need to install QuickTime to your computer, click here.
Click Here to to download the AEM Video in QuickTime format.


CAP's 2015 AE Program Overview

NEW:  2014 AEO School Application:  
                   Click HERE for the Application
                   Click HERE for Registration

For any formal or informal educator, click HERE for special membership!

Cadets, click here for AE resources!

FREE CAP STEM Kit Program for CAP Units and Educators!

CAP & the AFA Aerospace/STEM Education Partnership: Air Force Association

2015 AFA CyberPatriot for Cadets & Schools: Read about this exciting program going on NOW 

                                       Aerospace Education Pictorial Overview                              

CAP AE Announcements

Profiles in Excellence  featuring CAP's National2013 Aerospace Educator of the Year

and Medal of Honor Character Development Site with Educational Lesssons

CAP Aerospace/STEM Curriculum Products
(how to obtain materials)
ExternalAerospace/STEM Online Resources CAP/STEM Alliances


Aerospace Education Officers (AEOs)

~Work as uniformed CAP members with cadets & adults in squadrons across the nation

    Aerospace Education Members (AEMs)

~Work as educators in schools & youth organizations(relevant for CAP Sr Members who are educators, as well as AEMs across the nation)

AEO Resources:  Includes information on AEO duties, reports, and AEO schools.  (CAP University andpamphlets, regulations, and forms are also helpful.)ACE Program:  Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE) is a free, cross-curricular, grade-specific program for  grades K-6. 

AE Curriculum Offerings for CAP Units:  
AEX      Model Rocketry      STK       Additional (including
CAP-TERS, MARC, Robotics, Cyber Security, Astronomy, etc.)

AEX Award Program for Educators:  Aerospace Education Excellence (AEX) is a free K-12 hands-on aerospace program with completion plaque and student certificates.
TOP Flights:  Instructions on how pilots and AEOs can conduct Teacher Orientation Program Flights for local educators.TOP Flights:  Free program that allows our valued educators to get "out of the classroom and into the skies" to learn about aviation principles and how to integrate these in the learning environment for youth.
Grants:  Submit a competitive application for a $250 Air Force Association (AFA) grant to promote Aerospace/STEM education in your unit! Grants:  Submit a competitive application for a $250 Air Force Association (AFA) grant to promote Aerospace/STEM education in your formal or informal learning environment! 
Awards for Senior Members & Cadets Awards for Educators
Success and Best PracticesSuccess and Best Practices



As approved by the National Board, the Aerospace Education specialty badge recognizes senior member volunteer service in Aerospace Education. 

The badge may be worn by senior members who have attained a technician rating in the Aerospace Education specialty track. 

There are three variations of the Aerospace Education specialty badge:

Aerospace Education specialty badge:   The basic badge denotes attainment of the technician rating.

Bronze Star:  When affixed with a bronze star, the badge denotes attainment of the senior rating.

Gold Star: When affixed with a gold star, the badge denotes attainment of the master rating.


Request the badge using  CAPF 2a.  (Procedures may vary depending on the wing.) 

The badge is available at Vanguard, catalog number 0761.

For details on what is required to attain each rating in the Aerospace Education Program specialty track, see CAPP 215.



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. 

Cadets who complete the written and performance requirements for each of the 3 stages, as certified by their unit commander, will be awarded the Cadet Model Rocketry Badge.  For more details about the requirements for the model rocketry badge, go to CAPR 50-20.

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)


For more model rocketry teaching tips and resources, click here.

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.  
- If the tests are taken online, the cadet will be provided a Certificate of Completion when they pass the test. 

In the event a copy of a rocketry test is needed, please send your request to LMS@capnhq.gov or ae@capnhq.gov . 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.

     CAP Model Rocketry Guide     
File Size
     Complete Guide     
6.8 meg
168 kb
1.8 meg
2.4 meg
2.4 meg
186 kb
     Regulatory Guidance     
168 kb

Model Rocketry Commander 
Approval Forms:

Model Rocketry Witness 
Log Forms:

Model Rocketry Program
Completion Certificates:



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