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Nick Ham

on 1 October 2014

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CAP’s AE Mission
--Promote AE to members & general public
--Encourage exploration of AE/STEM careers

How do we do that?
--1,500 Squadrons
--26,000 cadets
--35,000 adults
--867 AFJROTC Detachments
--120,000 AFJROTC Cadets
-- 2,200 AEM’s
220,000 youth in classrooms, museums
and youth organizations
--AFA Aerospace Education Grants
--Training Materials and assistance

For more information:

AE Contacts:
Pacific Region DCS/AE Lt Col. Nick Ham ae@pcr.cap.gov capham@comcast.net

National AE Officer: Lt Col Mike McArdle –



What can be done?

What Service Do you want to see from Region AE?

What are some of the difficulties you see with your command in establishing a ‘stronger’ AE Program?

What do you believe is missing from your Wings AE Program?

AEO Schools
- Educate AEOs on job requirements/resources available
- AEOs depart with annual Plan of Action
- 2013: approx 150 AEOs attended 4 schools
National, GLR, MER, PCR

AE Summit
- AE leaders discuss issues, work problems, find solutions
- 5th summit this year – Las Vegas Annual Conference
- Develop computerized POA & Activity Report
- Create AE specialty suffixes
- Expand AEO Schools- 3 PD levels: wing, region, national
- Revise/update CAPR 280-2, CAPP 215, CAPP15

Aerospace Connections in Education
K-6 elementary program; began in 2007
Patterned after cadet program: - Aerospace-themed: academics; character; physical fitness
21 hands-on, inquiry-based lessons per grade - Aligned with national academic standards
Lessons conducted by teachers, parents, volunteers
Almost 100,000 youth impacted thus far:
- 108 schools
- 657 teachers
-27 wings last year

STEM Kit Program

FY13-14: NDEP National Defense Education Program provided $450,000 to expand STEM outreach to CAP squadrons, AFJROTC and CAP educator members

5 STEM Kit subject/career areas –flight simulators, rockets, model aircraft & remote control, astronomy & robotics

Current program stats:
- 600 requests filled; 70% to CAP units
- Over 60,000 youth impacted
- Evaluations averaging 4.8 out of 5.0

Future: expand and enhance kit components

AE Products for CAP Squadrons
Aerospace: The Journey of Flight (3rd edition)
Aerospace Dimensions (3rd edition)
Astronomy Module & Astronomy Activity Book
Advanced Rocketry

Middle School Earth & Space Science
Cyber Security (2nd edition)


AE Products for CAP Squadrons
Advanced Math
AEX Middle School Physical
& Life Sciences
Model Aircraft Remote Control (MARC) CAP Teachers Remote Sensing (CAPTERS)
Satellite Tool Kit (STK)
Cyber Security Module
Aerospace Careers Module

AE Products for CAP Squadrons

Aerospace Dimensions
Aerospace: The Journey of Flight
Model Rocketry Program
Aerospace Education Excellence (AEX) Program

All CAP members are obligated to involve themselves in aerospace education.

Members are to:
Be informed on aerospace developments and issues.
Discuss aerospace matters at appropriate formal occasions
and during informal daily contacts.
Share aerospace knowledge and experiences with other CAP members and the general public.

Our Role
CAP's Aerospace Education Mission inspires and motivates increased understanding and an appreciation of aviation and
space exploration in our world.

CAP’s Aerospace Education communicates knowledge, skills, and attitudes relating to aerospace activities and the total impact of air and space technology upon society. 

Our Assignment
To educate both CAP members and the general public on the important role aviation and space has played and will continue to play in America’s future.

To encourage our nation’s youth to consider aerospace careers and
to promote civil aviation to local communities.

CAP Offers STEM programs
through Aerospace Education!

AE and National Defense

Those who are choosing STEM careers often are tempted by higher paying jobs at companies such as Google or Intel, stated a Pentagon release.

"If you work at some of these companies, you will be well paid, but you will work on one thing for quite a while,,,," "If you work at the Defense Department,
you will work on a variety of problems
throughout your career."

AE and National Defense

Brothers said building a STEM-minded workforce will be a key to national security because the pace of technology continues to accelerate....

AE and National Defense

The Defense Department has invested $150 million in 16 different programs aimed at recruiting a skilled workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics career fields;
said Reginald Brothers, deputy assistant secretary for defense for research.


Recent Initiatives
Presidents’ commissions
-increased spending & added jobs
Lots of government & industry emphasis
NSTA endorsement

New manned mission to Mars by 2018 announced by business-man Dennis Tito. Shown here  in 2001 returning from  six days aboard the International Space Station

Workforce & Education Challenges
Graying of AE industry
Other countries producing more scientists & engineers
American schools not producing enough STEM majors

69% math & 57% science middle school teachers
-No major or certification in subject
50% teachers leave profession within 5 years

Importance of AE
US relies on strong aerospace power
-For national security
-Boosts economic prosperity
--industry contributes 15% GNP
--800 million fly commercially every year
--150 million fly general aviation annually
Enhances quality of life


AE and National Defense
AE Products
AE Programs

Q & A

Aerospace Education


Aerospace Education Update
~ Dr Jeff Montgomery, NHQ
~ Lt Col Mike McArdle, NHQ-Vol.
~ Lt Col Nick Ham, PCR

Civil Air Patrol
Aerospace Education

Why aren’t all squadrons conducting AE? Where are the problems?
Research has provided the following concerns and issues:
Many squadrons don’t participate in AE
Many squadrons don’t know about the AE products
Many squadrons don’t follow regulatory guidance
Many squadrons spend designated AE time doing other things

History – CAP & AE
1941 – created;
1946 – Congress chartered CAP-educate, aerospace supremacy
1948 – USAF Auxiliary – promote AE
1953 – CAP turned to school systems

2013 Air Force Association’s Chairman’s Award for Aerospace Education Excellence.

Today – actively involved in AE & protecting national security

Aerospace Education


High school cyber defense competition sponsored by AFA
Promotes careers in cyber security & other STEM disciplines

Two divisions – Open Division (high schools) & All Service Division (CAP, JROTC, Navy Sea Cadets) 360 CAP teams registered for 2014; encouraging all unit involvement for 2015

Excellent fall & winter NO COST national cadet special activity National level competition with scholarships and awards

CAP’s National Lead:
2011-2012 Champions
2012 Cyber Forensics
2013 Cisco Cyber Hardware;
cyber Security Module
2013 Cyber Security
Exchange’s; Cyber
Innovator Honorable
Mention Award at
MeriTalk’s Cyber Brainstorm

Q & A
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