CAP needs adults for its aerospace education program. In addition to educating our own members, CAP adult leaders provide training and resources to teachers who reach out to students of all ages across the country.
Communities benefit from a strong knowledge of aerospace as this is a significant part of the "4th industrial revolution" many realize is underway presently. Technology and aerospace has merged in many fundamental ways requiring a basic level of knowledge to understand the opportunities this shift presents to local communities. For example, many millions of jobs, careers and livelihoods will transform communities where leaders and youth wish to participate in these opportunities.
Locally to Squadron 13, there are relatively new aerospace companies that have transitioned from startup enterprises to publicly traded companies, working with the USAF and other national agencies, employing may highly skilled people and bringing opportunity locally. This is above and beyond what is going on within Silicon Valley, nearby.
Aviation and aerospace impacts the lives of Americans every day, and CAP works to help educate local groups to the value of opportunities. CAP offers actual inroads into this opportunity, for Cadets and Seniors alike. As aviation and aerospace in our local communities and beyond will be a force to be reckoned with for the foreseeable future, the CAP is here to be a part of the link between our community and our opportunity to participate in and benefit from this.
Civil Air Patrol focuses its Aerospace Education efforts in two primary areas: external education and internal education. External education engages with members of the public. Through these efforts CAP:
- Informs the general public about aviation and space activities.
- Has supported thousands of AE workshops for teachers at colleges and universities around the country for over 40 years.
- Maintains close working relationships with local education agencies and several national organizations such as the FAA, NASA and the Air Force Association to facilitate aerospace education in our schools.
- Plans and co-sponsors the annual National Congress on Aviation and Space Education, held in different cities around the country. NCASE is the national convention for aerospace educators.
CAP’s internal aerospace education program focuses on CAP’s own members. This program focuses on:
- Educating CAP cadets and senior members on aviation and space activities.
- Supporting cadet and senior members by providing trips to conventions, airports, military bases, the Kennedy Space Center, and other related places of aerospace interest.
More about Aerospace Education- National Headquarters link