Aerospace/STEM Resources for Remote Education
CAP is providing this repository of virtual learning links for use when groups of cadets and students cannot gather. If any link is found to have flawed or inappropriate information that has not been identified, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you find other sites that would be useful to others, please let us know that, as well.
This page will be updated regularly as the COVID-19 closings remain. Stay safe; wash your hands; and be kind!
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Thanks to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's COVID-19 Technology Initiative, American tech companies have joined to make online learning resources more accessible for educators, parents, and students! 3-2-1 Launch TechforLearners.org!
- Have a free CAP Sphero STEM Kit? (If not, apply now! Info HERE!)
- Sphero is offering complimentary access to a new Computer Science Foundations Course 1 theme of eight lessons every two weeks. These lessons can be accessed through the Sphero Edu app on any device.
CAP has an Astronomy Module and Activity Book, as well.
Check out CAP's Women in Aviation Module, Lesson 1- Katherine Cheung, first U.S. female Asian-American pilot (see more history and model plane building lessons in the Women in Aviation module in CAP's member portal, eServices/Aerospace Education/AE Downloads and Resources)
NOT an educator member of CAP? Find out how to join at the CAP Educators Page with info about other free STEM Kits and resources!
Not a CAP Cadet? Find out more at the CAP Cadet Programs page!
***Interested in an Unmanned Aerial Systems Certification program? The Unmanned Safety Institute has a special offer to allow secondary institutions to take advantage of the sUAS Level 1 program for FREE this fall ($5,000 value). Become prepared to assist CAP in its sUAS SAR programs!
***Interested in becoming a pilot? Check out Redbird's FREE weekly STEM+ Labs! Redbird has also offered a complimentary copy of their Private Pilot Training Events workbook, full of tips and exercises for effective flight training. Click to download
Whether or not you have a free CAP Flight Simulator to use, youth, grades 6-12 can participate in these weekly lessons! Perfect for CAP squadron "virtual meetings!" No aviation experience is necessary, nor is access to a simulator. However, if you have a sim you'll be able to use it. Access to the internet and YouTube is needed for this class.
*** Also, check out the presentation, "So You Want to be a Pilot," prepared by Lt Col Bruce Bream, GLR-OH-058, Group IV Deputy Commander and Asst AEO. This provides a good overview of aviation pathways, scholarships, and organizations which may help propel youth toward an aviation vocation and/or avocation!
***And, Aviation 101 with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has an online, video-based course that is provided to cadets at no cost. If you want to learn aviation fundamentals and how to become a licensed pilot, start here.
***Interested in learning more about the F-35? Visit with Col Brian Silkey of the 419th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB, UT! F-35 Virtual Field Trip with math and technology info and career tips!
***Interested in a career in Aerospace Engineering? Learn all about aerospace engineering, the undergraduate experience, career pathways, and the latest advancements in the industry from students, faculty, and alumni of the Penn State College of Engineering HERE!
***Interested in becoming an official SkyWarn Spotter with the National Weather Service? To find activities and training in your state, click on your state HERE; then, Information, then Skywarn Spotter where info about training in your area will be conducted (there are also some education activities there). The link to free online training is found HERE.
***Interested in any career in aviation? Check out Spark101's Career Snapshot Aerospace Industry video, complete with educational materials, topics and standards, and educational pathways! Check out and sign up for more info at Spark101!
The Medal of Honor Character Development program is now providing online activities for home use in all grade levels.
Other Great Resources:
50 Easy Science Experiments to do with stuff you have at home
Aerospace Micro-Lessons from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics STEM K-12 include almost 100 easily-digestible lessons focused on aerospace principles; ranging from engineering, to mathematics, to physics, to highlighting aerospace anniversaries. (MORE AIAA opportunities for youth and educators are found HERE!)
- It is time to register for the AFA's CyberPatriot program and competition! Now is a great time to learn more about cyber security via their website's training materials! (Click on competition/training materials.) Also, time to register for the AFA's StellarXplorers program and competition!
CAP's K-6 Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE) program sample lessons (in Related Links right-side bar)
DiscoverE has an amazing amount of engineering lessons and activities! Started over 30 years ago as the organization behind National Engineers Week, DiscoverE is a wealth of online resources!
NASA at Home (e-books, podcasts, videos, virtual tours, and more...)
The NASA Educators Online Network (NEON)* learning community developed by researchers at the Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP), housed in Penn State’s College of Education. NEON gives K–12 educators of the STEM disciplines an online symposium for sharing matters of common interest. The network allows teachers to bond with scientists, engineers, and other teachers to help support their classroom work. NEON also allows users to locate a variety of teaching, learning, and professional-development resources.
Schoolhouse Rocks (Complete multiplication series from 1973-2009!)
Science Never Stops! (from the US Space & Rocket Center- new videos added regularly!)
Science with Virgin Galactic (weekly YouTube teaching videos)
Space Foundation's Discovery Center: Discover Space From Home videos, lessons, and webinars
SpaceX Dock the Dragon with the ISS simulator
💫 Texas Girls Collaborative Project has great online Resources for Virtual STEM Teaching and Programming for Educators, with links to many resources for families and stay at home activities, as well as upcoming webinars)!
CAP Region Directors of AE are working with their Wing DAEs (and others) to compile Region Online Learning Links (see right column for Region pages)
Setting up Google Classroom for squadron and/or classroom use: Cadet Santhanam from CAP's Bud Jackson Composite Squadron (NER-NJ-102) has created a video tutorial on how to set up a Google Classroom !
Using ZOOM? CAP IT Team Pro-Tip:
Many squadrons, schools, and homes are using ZOOM as a platform for virtual meetings but have read news reports about safety concerns. Pro-Tip from CAP's IT team: "There are settings within Zoom that will prevent someone from bombing your meeting. If you or any other members are using Zoom, teach person needs to go to 'settings' and disable file transfer and screen sharing. That is especially important if large meetings are being conducted with people who may be unknown. It appears these things are happening when meeting links are posted in social media that is open to the public. 'Bad guys' then use the link to get into the meeting and do bad guy stuff."
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