The Florida Wing Aerospace Education section is the wing office responsible for management and oversight of Aerospace Education activities within the wing. AE Officers provide education and assistance to subordinate unit’s aerospace education program activities in support of one of CAP’s missions.
The AE directorate is responsible for providing organization to encourage and aid citizens of the United States in contributing their efforts, services, and resources in developing aviation and provide aviation education and training especially to its senior and cadet members.
CAP’s aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and the general public. The programs ensure that all CAP members (seniors and cadets) have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues. To advance within the organization, members are required to participate in the educational program.
- Educates adult and cadet members and the community on the importance of aerospace.
- Provides support for educational conferences and workshops nationwide.
- Develops, publishes and distributes national academic standards-based STEM aerospace education curricula for kindergarten through college classrooms.
- Offers grant, college credit and scholarship opportunities for adult, cadet and teacher members.
- Provides educators with free educational programs, products and services, including airplane orientation flights.
- Posts comprehensive aerospace education resources online.
Aerospace educators at CAP’s National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., provide current materials that reflect the highest standards of educational excellence. Aerospace education is divided into two parts: internal and external.
The Internal Aerospace Education program has two parts as well: cadet and senior. Cadets complete aerospace education as one of the requirements to progress through the achievement levels of the cadet program. Senior members have a responsibility to become knowledgeable of aerospace issues and the AE program that CAP provides. They are further encouraged to share the information obtained with their local communities and school systems.
CAP’s External Aerospace Education programs are conducted through our nation’s educational system. Each year, CAP sponsors many workshops in states across the nation, reaching hundreds of educators and thereby thousands of young people. These workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge and focus on advances in aerospace technology. CAP’s aerospace education members receive more than 20 free aerospace education classroom materials.