Founder, Tammera L. Holmes launched AeroStar Consulting Corporation in 2008 as the umbrella entity by which several aviation services and programming were provided. All of AeroStar’s programs exist with the vision to enhance, promote and support the academic awareness of aviation and aeronautical career path opportunities for students, particularly female, minority, underprivileged and at-risk youth.
By providing aviation academic curriculum development, programs, activities, and support services for youth Grades K-12, interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), AeroStar has paved the way for the future of our industry. Due to the need to build capacity for a sustainable aviation talent pipeline through strategic partnerships, sponsors, donors, and grants, The AeroStar Avion Institute non-profit organization was formed.
The Air & Space Forces Association (AFA) is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. Our mission is to promote dominant U.S. Air and Space Forces as the foundation of a strong National Defense; to honor and support our Airmen, Guardians, and their Families; and to remember and respect our enduring Heritage. As a part of its mission to promote STEM education for a technically superior workforce, AFA conducts cyber defense (CyberPatriot) and space design (StellarXplorers) programs for K-12 students. Established in 2007, CyberPatriot consists of a cyber defense competition, summer camps, elementary school and senior citizens cyber initiatives; in 2022-2023, over 20,000 high school and middle school students competed in CyberPatriot. Established in 2013, StellarXplorers consists of a space design competition as well as summer camps; in 2022-23, over 2,000 high school students competed in StellarXplorers.
Airway Science for Kids Inc (ASK) is a Portland based nonprofit founded in 1992 to engage historically underserved youth in the exploration of Aerospace careers. With 3 locations (Vancouver WA, Portland & Hillsboro, OR), ASK provides informal Aerospace education to youth in our region as well as providing an extensive online catalog of content for virtual use by our partners and families regardless of location.
We close the opportunity gap for historically excluded children by providing more than just programs. We create a strong base of support for the entire families, engage a staff that reflects the communities we serve, and provide programs youth are interested in and inspired by. We overcome the barriers of transportation, cost, communication and providing safe spaces for youth. Our one of a kind research based, culturally responsive and trauma informed programs focus not just on a future career but the future of the families we serve.
Airway Science for Kids, Inc. Making Equity in Aerospace a Science
AAHS is the first aviation-focused, free public charter school in Alabama dedicated to creating the aviation and aerospace leaders of tomorrow. Through our rigorous, immersive, and industry-aligned instruction, we’re giving our students the skills, curiosity, and inspiration to
pursue real-life careers that will challenge and reward them professionally and personally.
MISSION & VISION
The Alabama Aerospace and Aviation High School’s mission is to create a diverse leadership pipeline of students prepared to succeed in the aerospace and aviation industry.
Our vision is to create clearly-defined pathways into aviation and aerospace careers for all students, creating a diverse pipeline of future industry leaders.
Since 2002, the American Rocketry Challenge, the world’s largest student rocket competition and the aerospace and defense industry’s signature STEM initiative, has engaged nearly 90,000 middle and high school students in model rocketry. The program gives students in grades 6-12 the opportunity to design, build and launch model rockets and hands-on experience solving engineering problems.
The Aviation and Education Foundation (an IRS approved, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization) was created to provide hands-on opportunities for students and educators to explore the science and technology behind Aviation and Space Sciences. We provide classes in Flight, Radio Controlled Airplanes, Rocketry, Energy, Navigation (in public and private schools) as well as host community projects involving jet and large piston aircraft engines.
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with 14 campuses coast-to-coast in the United States and headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the demand of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant from the Federal Aviation Administration. AIM’s campuses are near the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, San Francisco Bay, Orlando, and Norfolk.
The Aviation Maintenance Technology program here at Cape Cod Community College prepares students for FAA Certification, and lays the foundation for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance, with transferability into a variety of four-year programs.
Our program instruction team consists of veteran AMT’s who have over 500 years of combined aviation experience in maintenance, engineering and management as well as flight and aircraft ownership all located within a state of the art facility with advanced training equipment that includes three functional jet aircraft, two twin turboprops, three single engine general aviation aircraft and a helicopter. In addition to these exciting aircraft , we utilize the latest in virtual reality and augmented reality training for turbine engines, aircraft painting and welding.
Aviation maintenance technicians (AMT’s) are the professionals who fix and maintain aircraft. AMT’s repair and service nearly every part and system of an aircraft, including landing gear, aircraft structure and engine systems. AMT’s are also called A&P mechanics because of their airframe and power plant certifications. AMT’s are in high demand and are currently earning a very high return on their educational investment with opportunities starting at nearly $70,000 per year with amazing employer benefits that now include Medical, Dental, Travel and even Educational benefits to help further your career.
The Aviation Museum of Kentucky is a fascinating and educational destination for anyone interested in aviation history. The museum's exhibits showcase the rich history of aviation in Kentucky, from the early days of flight to the present day. The museum has a wide range of aircraft on display, including historic and modern planes and displays of aviation memorabilia, photographs, and artifacts.
One of the museum's highlights is the interactive exhibits that allow visitors to explore different aspects of aviation and aviation history. For example, visitors can learn about the engineering and design of aircraft, the physics of flight, and the history of aviation in Kentucky and beyond.
In addition to the exhibits, the museum also offers a number of educational programs and events, including guided tours, lectures, and hands-on activities. These programs provide a fun and engaging way for visitors to learn about aviation and are especially popular with families and school groups.
Overall, the Aviation Museum of Kentucky is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in aviation or the history of flight. Whether you're a seasoned aviation enthusiast or just curious about the world of flight, you'll find something to enjoy at this fascinating and well-curated museum.
CyberPatriot is run by the Air & Space Forces Association (AFA) as a part of its mission to promote STEM education for a technically superior workforce. Established in 2007, CyberPatriot consists of a cyber defense competition, summer camps, elementary school and senior citizens cyber initiatives; in 2022-2023, over 20,000 high school and middle school students competed in CyberPatriot.
Dee Howard International Education Foundation (DHEDF) is a Texas based national non-profit established in January 2022 whose mission is to develop (in collaboration with others) programming, resources, curriculum, and initiatives to engage primarily underserved Pre-K thru 12 students in STEAM learning based on the use of automotive and/or aeronautical project-based learning pathways.
The DHEDF flagship program is the DHEDF National Rural STEM Initiative, launched in May 2022 and inspired by Terri Mynatt, the Principal /Teacher at the John Fredson School in Venetie, Alaska, population 166, one hundred miles north of the Artic Circle, there are no roads into the village, the only access is by bush plane or dog sled, Terri, her students, and the community quickly became our heroes. Working with Terri we developed, in collaboration with other stakeholders, the DHEDF National Rural STEM Initiative for Pre-K -12 students, teachers, and school administrators to deliver Aerospace and Automotive STEAM resources to rural schools primarily through virtual programing. John Fredson School was our launch school. Currently the Initiative is in thirty-five schools in ten states and is continuing to add schools and states each school semester
Denbigh High School's Aviation Academy, a nationally recognized STEM site specializing in piloting, aircraft maintenance, engineering, safety and security. We provide a quality education that maximizes the potential of every student by providing them with the knowledge, skillsets, experiences and values needed in the 21st Century workplace.
Drone Cadets LLC is a New York State-based company and a member of Aerial Systems Group International (ASGI), which is a consortium of minority/veteran-owned drone companies, offering S.T.E.M curriculum with to help underserved communities enter the aviation industry.
We target school systems, non-profit organizations, and government agencies across the continental US and abroad to help us accomplish our mission. As things currently stand, the aviation industry lacks diversity, and the drone companies in that sub-sector are in dire need of qualified and experienced pilots to employ for their operations.
Drone Cadets aims to bridge that gap by exposing everyone, starting as young as 8 years old, to drone technology and being the first step in the ASGI Career Pathway Pipeline (ASGICPP), which partners with drone companies to supply them with students who graduate our programs for internships and employment.
Women are vastly underrepresented in the aviation sector and Elevate Aviation was created to close the gender gap.
Elevate Aviation incorporated as a not for profit company in 2015 with a goal to create a shift in the aviation industry by promoting gender balance and connecting women with a network of support. We encourage women to pursue careers in the aviation industry and provide support to those who dream of a career in aviation.
Our mission is to provide a platform for women to thrive and succeed through aviation.
Our vision is to be a primary provider of aviation career support for women, working alongside industry professionals to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Elevate Aviation has several programs in place to assist women in becoming successful in the challenging and rewarding aviation industry. Some of our key programs include:
· Mentorship Program
· Cross Country Tour
· Elevate Aviation Learning Centre
· Bursary Program
· Community Engagement Speakers
· Allies in the Workplace Consulting
In all our programs, we take an “out of the box” approach. This has allowed us to emerge as industry leaders who provide real solutions to our partners. With a wide variety of successful programs in place spanning across Canada, our unique approach brings unmatched value to women, Indigenous communities, and our industry. Elevate Aviation has earned national respect from industry, all levels of government, women, men, Indigenous, educational institutions, and youth leaders.
For nearly 100 years, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has built a reputation as the global leader in aviation and aerospace education, teaching the science, practice and business concepts that empower students to launch rewarding careers. Our longstanding industry partnerships also provide students key practical experience that prepares them for the challenges of today and the opportunities of tomorrow. Embry-Riddle has residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, and our Worldwide Campus features online options that allow students to earn degrees from almost anywhere and offers face-to-face instruction at locations in the U.S. and abroad.
The Electric Propulsion Innovation Challenge (EPIC) is an engineering design project for kids in grades 6-12. Each year, the game changes, but the premise stays the same- to design, build and fly a small electric airplane that will carry out a specific task. In addition to being standards-aligned, this low-cost STEM experience encourages youth to consider careers in the aerospace industry.
Started in 2001, The Fargo Air Museum is a nonprofit organization that serves to promote interest in aviation through education, preservation and restoration. Our museum is a fantastic place to learn about aviation, participate in restoration, see full scale pieces of history or even host your special event. More than just a simple place to display many aircraft, military memorabilia and exhibits, the Fargo Air Museum also houses a robust Aviation library. In addition, the museum hosts monthly educational day-camps, speakers and seminars for flight fans of all ages to enjoy. The museum is home to an extensive gift shop featuring toys, clothing, books, much more. You are sure to find the perfect gift for any aviation enthusiast.
Founded in 2009, the Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) is a dynamic trade association that serves flight training providers and the entire aerospace industry, creates meaningful programs, and works to increase the pilot population. Our members are motivated and successful business operators who provide flight training in the United States and foreign countries.
Through FSANA, the flight training industry has a voice which clearly represents the core foundation of the flight training segment within the aviation industry.
FSANA identifies and establishes programs that are intended to help both new and existing flight schools as they deal with the multitude of work-scope issues they face on a daily basis.
Part of FSANA’s mission is providing a motivational platform for anyone interested in the exciting world of flight. Our sight is on increasing the pilot population by engaging passion-driven people at an early age. FSANA believes that the future of aviation and aerospace is with our young citizens and is dedicated to bringing these unique aero programs to your community in cooperation with local flight schools and member organizations. FSANA knows future pilots come in all ages so we have also created avenues like our AeroSolo program to connect with everyone.
Fly Compton Aeronautical Education Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 organization founded in 2020 by a group of African American professional pilots and aircraft mechanics that all had a common goal... to give back to and invest in the youth of our community. Concurrently, we are contributing to the diversification of an industry that has long been exclusive to individuals of a higher economic status. As of 2018, people of color only make up 2.3% of all aircraft pilots and flight engineers. There are 3 main things that contribute to this troubling statistic:
1. Lack of exposure
2. Access to Resources
3. High Cost of Flight training
Our mission is to introduce minority youth to the aviation industry and all of the many opportunities that it affords them. We will accomplish this by providing them with programs and resources designed to serve as a catalyst for their venture into an industry that is not traditionally accessible to individuals of a lower socio-economic status
iEDU is a 501.c.3 educational non-profit that brings STEAM learning experiences to K-20 students and educators globally. Our mission is to help students embrace their curiosity, develop logical and methodical thought, engage in creative problem solving, and experience the joy of learning something new that ignites their imaginations and fuels their determination for success.
Our flagship program - Cubes in Space is the only global competition, offered at no-cost to students 11-18 years of age, to design and propose research and experiments to launch into space or a near space environment on a NASA sounding rocket or zero-pressure scientific balloon.
Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus’s mission is to develop global leaders and foster innovation and talent development in aerospace, technology, and specific needs of the region. To be at the forefront of educating the next generation of leaders in the aviation and aerospace industry. For more information, visit www.salina.k-state.edu or contact admissions at 785-826-2640
Serving the educational needs of Karnes City, and surrounding countryside, is the Karnes City Independent School District (KCISD), a 362 square mile rural school district in south-central Texas. The fastest growing STEM program is the district’s Aviation Department, which is embedded in grades 1-12. Twenty-five students are currently enrolled in one or more of the High School’s aviation classes. Karnes City High School (KCHS) was one of the first 25 field test schools chosen by Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) in 2016 to use, develop, and advise AOPA of its curriculum. Currently, KCHS is offering 3 aviation classes: Introduction to Aviation for Grade 9; Aviation Ground School, for Grade 10; and a Flight Based training class for Grades 11-12. A 7th/8th Grade aviation class is also offered for middle school to serve as an introductory class for future students. The staff teaching aviation at KCHS includes a Physics/Aviation teacher, a Commercial Airlines Captain with 42 years of experience, and a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). KCHS also offers an Aviation Mechanics class with the goal of constructing a Van’s Aircraft model RV 10 aircraft.
Total enrollment in the aviation programs at Karnes City in grades 1-12 are 45 students from a school population enrollment of 386 students. The KCHS program combines the use of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) curriculum, FAA information, and electronic simulator/flight training. Impressively, as noted above, the KCHS Aviation Department was recognized by the Aviation Committee Chair of the Texas House of Representatives as being one of the most successful aviation programs in the state of Texas. The honor was bestowed during the “Texas STEM Powered by Aviation and Aerospace Day” in 2017. Karnes City was recently awarded a $23,000 dollar grant from an aviation company to continue its education of students. In addition to the more traditional classroom experiences, the Aviation Department at KCHS also hosts a week long, summer Aviation STEM camp for students in grades 6-8, with an average enrollment of 30. Students in the STEM summer camp receive simulator flight training, ground school training, and they develop projects that help them understand the science of aviation in a fun and interactive manner. In addition, the students are allowed to take an introductory flight.
Karnes City schools also offer a remote-control drone program after school and a gifted and talented aviation program where students are using their knowledge to build drones and remote-control airplanes.
Aviation and Space Education Outreach Programs are a significant element of MASM’s mission. This function of MASM is a vital resource to the educational community. It is far more than just a public service “engine” enlightening the public to the benefits the aerospace industry brings to Untied States. Its true value lies as a powerful adjunct to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for students and its unique relationships to inspire American aerospace invention and manufacturing. The program supports national education goals for STEM and Workforce Development, ultimately creating a qualified and diverse workforce. This outreach program creates a symbiotic partnership between government, education, and the country’s technology industry.
MASM’s Education Program is an important interface between the Museum and the public. It provides information and expertise to educators and students on all aspects of aerospace and aviation careers through its “Speakers Bureau” initiatives. It works directly with colleges and universities that have aerospace and aviation interests. Through partnership and its networks, the Museum serves as a delivery system for joint educational programs. Education programs encourage the inclusion of the “best practices” STEM aerospace curricula. MASM’s educational programs strive to align its short- and long-term goals with those of all technology and business roundtables as a tool to attract youth into critical aerospace careers. The Museum, as well as the entire aerospace and aviation community, has a vested interest in reaching the public with its support for STEM education and message regarding aerospace opportunities.
MINDS-i Education Robotics engages students in an energizing STEM learning environment with easy to build, program, and modify unmanned aerial vehicles and Drones, along with FAA 107 pilot preparation.
Since our foundation through an Act of Congress in 1964, the NAHF has been dedicated to honoring America’s aerospace pioneers. Considered by many to be a true national treasure, the NAHF has served as the only Congressionally-chartered aviation hall of fame for over 50 years and works tirelessly to confidently promote the vision, innovation, skill, and courage of the national heroes who lent their genius to further our nation’s aerospace legacy.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America's Friendliest Airport, is located in the heart of the southwestern United States and is one of the top ten busiest airports in the U.S. Customer service amenities includes WiFi, a consolidated Rental Car Service, Shopping and Dining Services, and more! Looking for kid friendly activities or educational components? We have a variety of resources available on our Activities and Education page.
Raisbeck Aviation High School is a College Preparatory high school in the Highline Public School District. Founded in 2003 as the premier public high school of choice for students in Washington, we serve 410 students from over 25 school districts in the greater Puget Sound Region who wish to pursue their passion for aviation and aerospace in a learning environment that prepares them for higher education, citizenship and work. With 45 different courses taught by 19 professional certified staff members, RAHS offers a project-based learning environment that prepares students for STEM professions.
Our Mission: To prepare all students for college, career, and citizenship through a personalized, rigorous, and relevant learning experience that is facilitated in the context of aviation and aerospace.
The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual aerospace competition that provides high school students, grades 9-12, the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Each year teams design Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) with a specific mission. Each student on the International Champion Team gets a $50,000 scholarship to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
The San Diego Air & Space Museum, one of the world’s premier air and space-themed science centers and museums, inspires our next greatest generations to achieve excellence by challenging their innate human pioneering spirit and encouraging necessary risk-taking required to achieve global innovation success. Located in San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park the museum welcomes guests of all ages with an intent to inspire an interest in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation, as well as history and inspire the necessary risk-taking in future generations to ensure continued exploration of the outer bounds of what can be.
Spaceport Sheboygan is an aerospace museum that recognizes the contributions of Wisconsin's seven astronauts from the Mercury Program to the International Space Station and beyond. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan the museum has significant artifacts from NASA telling the story of Wisconsin in Space. Our in-school, on-line and special events serve the students and general public of Wisconsin and beyond. The museum operates the Rockets for Schools program that has been in place for 26 years and uses the 70 square mile Military Zone of Exclusion over Lake Michigan to do high powered rocketry and eventually testing and launching sub-orbital payloads into space.
Since 1928 Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has been training professionals for aviation and related industries. Spartan College provides a supportive educational environment that encourages active participation in learning while providing career-oriented education programs. The mission of Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is to provide career-oriented diploma and degree programs in aviation and technology. We impact generations by providing knowledge and skill to students from across the street and around the world. We value innovation, respect, integrity, safety, and excellence
StellarXplorers is run by the Air & Space Forces Association (AFA) as a part of its mission to promote STEM education for a technically superior workforce. Established in 2013, StellarXplorers consists of a space design competition as well as summer camps; in 2022-23, over 2,000 high school students competed in StellarXplorers.
STEM Flights is a national nonprofit organization that connects Middle and High School students with volunteer Pilots Mentors to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Our goal is to inspire America’s youth to pursue STEM and aviation careers with a unique flight experience. We utilize volunteer pilots to deliver a unique flight experience to middle and high school students all over the country.
Our flight & Drone simulators teach kids life and career skills helping fulfill your STEM learning goals.
STEMPilot has manufactured flight simulators and curriculums for K12 schools since 2005. All of our multimedia curriculum lesson plans are aligned with NGSS. Each lesson begins with a learning video(s) on the subject for what we call Visual Learning First Education .
Students will answer this question using algebra, physics, meteorology, geometry, trigonometry, geography, and topography. We use a little of each in every flight plan.
Velocity R Aviation Foundation is a registered 501.c.3 non profit. Our objective is to reach out to youth to provide information, guidance, networking, and mentorship regarding the many and varied career paths within the aviation industry.
Virginia Space owns and operates the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), which is located at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We own and operate three launchpads, a Payload Processing Facility, and an airfield. MARS launches many different kinds of rockets including the Antares, which resupplies the International Space Station twice a year.
Virginia Space Flight Academy (VSFA), a 501(3)(c) non-profit, aims to expand access to innovative learning experiences, career pathways, and mentorship that advance equity and increase interest in STEM careers. VSFA's flagship program, Space Adventure Camp, is an annual week-long summer camp featuring aerospace, coding, and robotics located at Wallops Island, Virginia. The new STEM Academy provides year-round, high-quality learning experiences featuring live & on-demand instruction, a specialized materials kit, and ongoing access to STEM professionals.
Wings of Hope is a global humanitarian organization whose mission is to change and save lives through the power of aviation. What began as a vision to use airplanes to provide medical support to people in Africa in the 1960’s has grown to a global network that spans 10 countries, including the U.S., involves multiple strategic partners, and has expanded to include a robust youth STEM and aviation program called SOAR into STEM. Wings of Hope Volunteers have extensive backgrounds in aviation and STEM and support the SOAR into STEM program as mentors to students. Wings of Hope has been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Located in the Air Capital of the World, WSU Tech is a different kind of college, changing lives by training people for high-wage, high-demand jobs. We work hand-in-hand with employers to determine their job needs now and into the future so our students graduate with the right skills. WSU Tech operates multiple campuses, and is headquartered at The National Center for Aviation Training. Founded in 1965, WSU Tech now offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in the areas of Aviation, Healthcare, Manufacturing, General Education/Business, and Design. WSU Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and governed by the Kansas Board of Regents. When it comes to the aviation industry WSU Tech provides training from designing, to building, to maintaining and flying airplanes.
The Youth Eagles Aviation and Aerospace Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that inspires youth to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics using programs that require hands-on to encourage youth to achieve their goals.
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