Skip to main content
Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters
Main Content

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 ae@capnhq.gov.  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!

- See Career Exploration/Preparation Sites at Bottom of Page -

Also, follow our posts of other resources on the CAP Aerospace Education Facebook page (@CAPaerospace)!

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!

Top Six Free Stargazing Apps! (And, if you do not have a FREE CAP Astronomy STEM Kit, it is time to apply! Info HERE!)

---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.

***And, check out the Sphero Challenge Report and Video from CAP AE member, Deb Ballin, from St. Joseph School District, MO!

CAP's K-6 Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE) program sample lessons (in Related Links right-side bar)

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! 

Whether or not you have a free CAP Flight Simulator to use, youth, grades 6-12 can participate in Redbird's FREE STEM+ Labs weekly lessons! 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.

>>> Need to order a free CAP Flight Simulator STEM Kit? Check out info HERE.  There is also a free CAP Cross Country Navigation STEM Kit with info HERE.)

Other Great Resources:

The Air Force Association's Aerospace Education programs, and, COVID-19 STEM Round-up listing

- 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!

Academy of Model Aeronautics paper airplane templates HERE!

Science Never Stops! (from the US Space & Rocket Center- new videos added regularly!)

Science with Virgin Galactic (weekly YouTube teaching videos)

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!)

Seven National Science Foundation-supported STEM resources for at-home learning

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!

Scholastic Free Learn-at-Home Resources for School Closings

Code.org's Learning Computer Science While Schools are Closed

Disney's & Kennedy Space Center's Free Online Learning During School Closures

NASA's STEM Engagement for Students

NASA at Home (e-books, podcasts, videos, virtual tours, and more...)

Space Station Explorers Learn at Home Activities and Experiences

Gravity STEM: Gravity (The Next Frontier in Human Flight) is working with their sponsors to provide specific STEM support materials and educational outreach events

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Educator Resources

- Includes how things fly and create your own paper airplane - with a flight contest!  

Space Foundation's Discovery Center: Discover Space From Home videos, lessons, and webinars

Free Daily Kids Physical Fitness Work-outs with Joe Wicks

50 Easy Science Experiments to do with stuff you have at home

Schoolhouse Rocks (Complete multiplication series from 1973-2009!)

Stories from Space! and Science from Space!  Astronauts read space stories and demonstrate science lessons while on the ISS!

💫 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)!

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.

- See Career Exploration/Preparation Sites at Bottom of Page -

 

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 !

How to set up the ZOOM App for Virtual Teaching

How to set up the ZOOM App for Parents and Students

Safety Alert!

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."
 

CHARACTER EDUCATION

The Medal of Honor Character Development program is now providing online activities for home use in all grade levels.

* The MoH program supplements both CAP's K-6 ACE program and CAP's Cadet Program character pillar (which includes MoH lessons HERE).

 

CAREER EXPLORATION/PREPARATION

***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!

***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!

 

Have another excellent link to share with others?  Let us know at ae@capnhq.gov!

AFA's Russ Lewey's Candy Bomber article (UWWB UWWTG)

© 2020 Civil Air Patrol. All rights reserved.