Welcome to the Curriculum section of the Aerospace Education portion of the Civil Air Patrol website. CAP AE offers more than 40 educational products that deliver hundreds of lesson plans to its senior members, cadets, and educator members. Aligned to national academic standards, the lessons cover pre K-12 and beyond and range from a 685-page high school/college textbook to booklets of hands-on activities for the very young learners. Subjects such as rocketry, robotics, flight, space, weather, mathematics, physical science, life science and unmanned aerial systems, are just a few of the amazing areas these lessons cover.
Cadets go through six hard copy or online Aerospace Dimensions modules, and can now view the accompanying videos at the Aerospace Education YouTube channel (thanks to SC Wing's 2Lt Robert Roberts).
Explore the left menu items to learn all that our curriculum has to offer our cadets, students, and youth in organizations, libraries, and museums.
Featured Book: Uncle Wiggly Wings
In honor of over 7 decades since the Berlin Airlift, and the great American legacy this mission left, CAP is featuring the early learning book and teachers guide for Uncle Wiggly Wings, the Candy Bomber, at the end of WWII.
Featured Series: Women in Aviation, Volumes I & II
Volume I NEW! Volume II
CAP's "Women in Aviation" books provide an introduction to and historical account of the contributions women have made to the field of aviation and aerospace since the beginning of the 20th century. (See related video, below.) Project Manager Lt. Col. Randy Carlson (California Wing) focused on the stories of 25 diverse women, each representing a different chapter. Each chapter involves model-building relating to the aircraft that aviator flew. Also included with the hands-on activities are discussion questions and other activities designed to connect these aviators from the past with today's youth. For instance, cadets and students are asked to explore present-day gender barriers that have recently been broken or have not yet been broken. The book aligns with national academic standards and highlights a wide variety of careers. Currently, these books are available in the AE Downloads and Resources section, along with our other curriculum products in CAP's member portal, eServices, at www.capnhq.gov.
Check out sample from Vol I: Lesson 5 - Katherine Cheung, first U.S. female Asian-American pilot!
September 2021: Radio Controlled Mars Rover
August 2021: A Moon Munchy
July 2021: Goddard Rocketeering
June 2021: Air-mazing Experiment
May 2021: NASA Spinoffs
April 2021: Animals in Space
March 2021: Nicole Malachowski
February 2021: General Chappie James
January 2021: Kathryn Sullivan
December 2020: Do You See What I See?
November 2020: Space Junk Rockets
October 2020: Emily Howell Warner
September 2020: Tropism Testing
August 2020: Rock It Out with Aerology
July 2020: AMA FPG-9 Glider
June 2020: Fighting the Force (of Gravity)
May 2020: Build a Wind Sock
April 2020: End Effector
March 2020: Katherine Cheung
February 2020: Creating a Star Finder
January 2020: Coming in for a Landing