Civil Air Patrol's aerospace mission provides aviation and space education, along with training for cadets, senior members and the general public. CAP also educates its members and the general public on the important role aviation and space play and will continue to play in America's future. Additionally, CAP encourages our nation's youth to consider aerospace careers and promotes civil aviation to local communities, The United States Congress and the United States Air Force bestowed this responsibility on CAP, and this mission is accomplished through implementation of aerospace education programs by CAP volunteers.
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 citzens 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 Forces's role in maintaining aerospace supremacy to strengthen our nation's security.
Aerospace Education Member (AEM) is a special membership for educators, schools and organizations that support and promote aerospace education. This membership catagory is open to any reputable individual or organization that has an interest in supporting CAP's AE program. Members are eligible to receive all of the free materials from CAP AE. AEMs can also participate in the Aerospace Education Excellence (AEX) Award Program, and they can apply for grants through our Air Force Association grants program. Another program is the Teacher Orientation Program (TOP) flights. This is an opportunity for teachers to experience orientation flights in CAP aircraft.
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