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Civil Air Patrol Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Challenge

Three-part Challenge Gives Members Chance to Win a $300 or $200 Grant

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon, Civil Air Patrol would like to invite all squadrons and all educator members to join us as we join hands around the country to celebrate like it's 1969!

Students build motorized rockets in a classroom Cadets prepare motorized rocket for launch pad Students demonstrate Straw Rocket lesson plan
Challenge #1.   3-2-1 Lift-off! July 16 Global Rocket Launch

On July 16th, to celebrate the 1969 launch of the Saturn V rocket for the Apollo 11 mission, please plan to join the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) in their  Global Rocket Launch.  Check out the USSRC's website and register YOUR squadron or classroom/youth group to participate! 

 Anyone, Any Rocket, Anytime!

Student jumps on empty soda bottle to launch rocketParticipants can launch any kind of rocket, including motorized rockets, fizzy rockets, stomp rockets, and straw rockets. For more ideas, see the USSRC website.  Cannot use rockets with motors or water power due to safety issues?  Check out safe and easy rocket launching ideas HERE.

Register YOUR group now and join the effort to break a World Record Rocket Launch

• When you register, select "Group" (vs Individual). Then, enter CAP in the Group Affiliation drop-down box. (You will be able to enter your specific squadron, school, or organization name in the next section.)
• CAP Squadrons: for Organization Name, enter your Region-Wing-Charter # for easy identification. (Ex SER-AL-032) (Coordinate so there is only one registration per squadron from the AEO.)
• Educator Members: for Organization Name,  enter the name of your school or youth organization. (Coordinate with your group for one registration.)
• After registering, you will receive info for additional launch ideas.
• Share photos and videos of your launch by tagging CAP Aerospace Education FB page at @CAPaerospace.

Challenge #2. "The Eagle has landed" July 16-23 Video Competition -- Enter to Win a Grant

To commemorate the moon landing and walking of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, CAP would like to offer a challenge to its squadrons and educator members to create and post on Facebook a video reenactment of the Apollo 11 mission. Facebook engagement will determine the winners. The two videos with the most "likes" will receive a grant to conduct aerospace/STEM activities!  First place is $300. Second place is $200.

Video Challenge guidelines

• Video may not be longer than 5 minutes, and can be created any time before July 16.Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldring walks on the moon
• Video should not be posted until July 16 -- the day of the mission launch anniversary. Videos posted before July 16 will not be eligible.
• Facebook post should tag CAP Aerospace Education at @CAPaerospace AS WELL AS your squadron, school, or organization. 
• CAPaerospace will then share all appropriate videos to the CAP AE Facebook page.  From those shares, CAP AE can track the number of people reached who "like" the pages until noon on July 23. 
• At noon on July 23,  CAP AE  will determine the WINNER, which will be announced on the CAPaerospace page for the July 24 splashdown anniversary! 

NOTE: Do not use any movie or video that is copyrighted; use public domain clips, if you use clips on your video.

Challenge #3. Earn the AEX Award

Use these activities to help you earn your Aerospace Education Excellence (AEX) award. (Need assistance? Contact   This is a great time to select a few activities that center on the moon. Find some of those HERE. (Check right menu bar.)

Have Questions?  Contact!  Good luck!








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