Aerospace/STEM Resources for Home 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 email@example.com. 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!
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!
---And, check out the CAP Astronomy Activity Book (there is also an accompanying module!)
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's K-6 Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE) program sample lessons (in Related Links right-side bar)
CAP's Women History Month'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!
Whether or not you have a free CAP Flight Simulator to use, youth, grades 6-12 can participate in Redbird's FREE STEM+ Labs, starting weekly lessons March 31st! Perfect for CAP Cadet/Composite 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. You will need access to the internet and YouTube to watch the class.
Other Great Resources:
Science Never Stops! (from the US Space & Rocket Center- new videos added regularly!)
Aerospace Micro-Lessons from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics STEM K-12 include almost 100 easily-digestible lessons focused on aerospace principles; each broken down into grade levels and meant to spark conversation and interest in aerospace. Lessons range from engineering, to mathematics, to physics, to highlighting aerospace anniversaries -- all of which are presented in a way that easily relates to students. (There are MORE AIAA opportunities for youth and educators found HERE!)
Schoolhouse Rocks (Complete multiplication series from 1973-2009!)
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."
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 (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) 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.
Chris Gamrat, AESP technology specialist, explains that NEON is set up to allow members to easily find persons who have similar interests and needs. “After inputting your personal profile, you can align your interests with the interests of other users,” he said. “Users can then easily connect with each other, form groups, and share their resources.”
NEON also allows users to locate a variety of teaching, learning, and professional-development resources.
Aviation 101 with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
This online, video-based course is provided to cadets at no cost by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. If you want to learn aviation fundamentals and how to become a licensed pilot, start here.
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.
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