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. Although each site is vetted, 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 virtual and hybrid learning situations remain. Stay safe; wash your hands; and be kind!
Just scroll downward to find a variety of sites! (Other Great Resources section, below, is alphabetical.)
Also, follow posts of other resources on the CAP Aerospace Education Facebook page (@CAPaerospace)!
See current AE video interviews from the 2021 Florida Sun 'N Fun Aviation Expo, below!
Find out about CAP's missions to include its Aerospace Education programs for cadets from the FL Wing Commander, Col Louis Garcia!
Find out about CAP's cadet program from Cadet Maj Olivia Jenkins!
Find out about CAP's external Aerospace Education program, to include interesting info about the famed X-15, from Col Gary Dahlke, FL Wing Asst Director of AE!
Thanks to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's COVID-19 Technology Initiative, American tech companies joined to make online learning resources more accessible for educators, parents, and students! 3-2-1 Launch TechforLearners.org!
Need to find an assortment of virtual field trips until travel restrictions are lifted? Check out Virtual Field Trips Around the World! (Site has been checked for safety.)
- 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.
Try out the Code a Mars Helicopter Video Game (Mars Perseverance's Ingenuity Helicopter)
CAP has an Astronomy Module and Activity Book, as well, in eServices/Aerospace Education/AE Downloads and Resources.
CAP Aerospace Education Diversity and Inclusion
Check out CAP AE's Diversity and Inclusion page. Two specific educational items are found below:
CAP's middle school book on The Tuskegee Airmen highlights several of these legacy heroes and includes STEM and associated character connection lessons. Available for download in CAP's member portal, eServices/Aerospace Education/AE Downloads and Resources.
Women in Aviation, Volumes I and II, history and model plane building lessons, ready for download 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! View this video, also, to find out more about the benefits of becoming a CAP Aerospace Education Member (AEM)!
CAP Cadet Info:
All info on this page and throughout the CAP AE site are for CAP cadets. But, check out:
Not a CAP Cadet? Find out more at the CAP Cadet Programs page!
Check out the first seven minutes of the Jan 2022 Nick News segment about CAP HERE.
Check out a 1:12 minute AZ video about opportunities in the CAP Cadet Program HERE.
Aviation-related 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 ($5,000 value). Become prepared to assist CAP in its sUAS SAR programs!
***Interested in becoming a pilot?
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association also has Flight Training scholarships for high school students. Flight training scholarships are also available for teachers who are teaching the special AOPA High School Aviation STEM Curriculum. To be eligible, one needs to become an AOPA student or educator member.
CAP's free flight simulator, remote-control aircraft, cross-country navigation, VTOL, and sUAS STEM Kits complement and support AOPA's You Can Fly programs!
3. 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.
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 (in alphabetical order):
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!)
- Stay abreast of 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, check out the AFA's StellarXplorers program and competition! Both of these national competitions culminate with virtual national finalists events in March. Also, both competitions, which include CAP squadrons and educators, will be open for registration for the 2021-2022 season beginning in April.
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 Aeronautics includes missions, galleries, NASA TV and much more, including Educator Resources - Exploring STEM and Student Resources- NASA at Home, which is a separate site from NASA at Home (e-books, podcasts, videos, virtual tours, and more...),
NASA Aeronautics Research Institute's Advanced Air Mobility Academy (AAMA) has amazing resources and trainings! AAMA is a virtual classroom series open to 6th – 12th grade students and educators. (Great for squadron use, too!) AAMA is hosted by NASA subject matter experts and is designed to teach AAM principles with hands-on STEM activities. Events are streamed onto YouTube and available to watch live or recorded, featuring Next GEN STEM Aeronaut-X and much more! There are student internships, fellowships, and pathways with an assortment of educator resources. Teachers can apply for Classroom of the Quarter. Check out "Aerial Drone," "Air Taxi Design Challenge," and more to come. Archived Academy presentations, to include "Package Delivery Drone Simulation" and “The Science Behind Quadcopters,” as well as resources and registration are at this site.
NASA eClips serves the national K-12 educational community by introducing students to STEM concepts and providing teachers with engaging resources and tools to support teaching and learning. Developed in 2008, NASA eClips offers free educational resources for teachers to use to complement their curriculum. (Also found on the NASA eClips YouTube channel.) Educational material for this program is selected based on national curriculum standards including the Common Core State Standards – Mathematics (CCSS-M), the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the Standards for Technological Literacy (defined by the International Technology Engineering Education Association (ITEEA), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
The National Institute of Aerospace works with NASA to continue to provide relevant and engaging science content and access to subject matter experts (SMEs). Though primarily developed with the formal K-12 classroom audience in mind, NASA eClips also provides resources to increase understanding of NASA science to lifelong learners, non-formal audience, and the general public. Professional development opportunities are delivered to demonstrate best practices using newly developed resources to address student misconceptions in science, as identified by national assessment sources.
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)!
Try Engineering, powered by IEEE, provides free lesson plans for exciting engineering activities for youth, ages 4-18. There are teacher lessons and student involvement opportunities.
Vivify STEM is an online resource site. One registers for the newsletter and receives a code to get into the myriad free STEM resources, to include resources for special dates and events.
VR VEXcode Project is a free resource that allows one to use block coding to create a program that will command a virtual robot to perform actions that are in the code. Each block is associated with a number of instructions based on the Python programming language. Block coding is a form of GUI, or Graphic User Interface.
Find out how GLR-IL-282- Lake in the Hills Composite Squadron's AEO, Maj David Hooper, used this VR VEXcode program for a recent virtual cadet activity! See video HERE. (May take a while to download.)
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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