The authority for CAP's aerospace education mission is derived from Public Law 476, 11 July 1946. The law states that CAP is congressionally chartered to provide "aviation education and training" to cadets, senior members, and the general public and inform our citizens about the importance of maintaining aerospace supremacy in America. In 2008, the National Science Teachers Association endorsed aerospace education as an important component of pre K-12 science education programs. All of CAP's aerospace education educational materials meet national academic standards, as CAP's programs inspire teachers and students to explore aerospace subject areas, examine career opportunities and appreciate the Air Force’s role in maintaining aerospace supremacy to strengthen our nation's security.
CAP's aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and the general public. The programs ensure that all CAP members (seniors and cadets) have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues. To advance within the organization, members are required to participate in the educational program. Aerospace educators at CAP's National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., provide current materials that reflect the highest standards of educational excellence. Aerospace education is divided into two parts: internal and external.
The internal aerospace education program has two parts as well: cadet and senior. Cadets complete aerospace education as one of the requirements to progress through the achievement levels of the cadet program. Senior members have a responsibility to become knowledgeable of aerospace issues and the AE program that CAP provides. They are further encouraged to share the information obtained with their local communities and school systems.
CAP's external aerospace programs are conducted through our nation's educational system. Each year, CAP sponsors many workshops in states across the nation, reaching hundreds of educators and thereby thousands of young people. These workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge and focus on advances in aerospace technology. CAP's aerospace education members receive more than 20 free aerospace education classroom materials.
To learn more about CAP's aerospace education programs, products, and other resources available to our members, go to www.capmembers.com/ae.
For information about joining as an aerospace education member (AEM) and to join online, go to www.capmembers.com/joinaem.