Aerospace Education

Aerospace Education Starbase Composite Squadron

Aerospace Education

On July 1, 1946, Public Law 476 established CAP as a patriotic and educational organization and an “instrumentality of the United States,” a unique status similar to that accorded the American Red Cross. After WWII, air search and ground rescue became CAP’s primary operational mission, along with the education and training of “air-minded” and patriotic youth through the CAP cadet program. Cadet orientation flights offered many young people their first airplane ride. Led by educators Dr. Mervin Strickler and Jack Sorenson, a well-planned aviation curriculum was developed for CAP cadets and was soon adopted in high schools and colleges across America.

 

Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education
Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education
Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education

In 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, America was astounded and moved into high gear. Early efforts to track satellites involved a system of ground observers scanning the nighttime skies. Satellite passage was so fast – 20 seconds from horizon to overhead to horizon – that ground personnel could only radio their timing of these events as “See – Center – Saw.” How to train for this? How to simulate the passage of a satellite overhead? Air Force jets flew too fast or too high, so CAP planes towed a low-wattage light bulb protected in a low-cost aerodynamic shape: a bathroom plunger- to simulate this satellite passage! In the nighttime sky, the set-up was exactly as bright at 7,000 feet as an orbiting satellite in space. CAP instantly became a national force multiplier in its ability and viability to provide simulation capabilities for training purposes. Learn more about Civil Air Patrol's History.

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Aerospace Education (AE) is a core mission of the Civil Air Patrol. Presenting courses and learning opportunities to both our membership and our communities, the Aerospace Education program offers the opportunity to learn about the exciting world of aerospace. From the past to the future, physics to psychology, terrestrial to extraterrestrial, we explore the rich variety of knowledge and disciplines that drive the aerospace industry. 

 

In The Squadron - Internal

The CAP Cadet Program fully integrates aerospace education in its model.

Each phase of the curriculum offers exciting and fun educational opportunities, from guest speakers, to model building, to actual flight time in the CAP aircraft, to formal and hands-on classes. Cadets will graduate from the program having learned about the wide range of skills and knowledge that make aviation possible.

 

CAP encourages its senior members to learn about aviation and its history. Although not mandatory, seniors have the opportunity to join the cadets to hear guest speakers, go on tours, and participate in hands-on activities at the squadron. The Senior Aerospace Education program also presents the Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager Aerospace Education Award to those senior members who decide to complete the online self-paced senior member Aerospace Education Program. 

CAP’s Certified Flight Instructors also offer specialized education for CAP pilots to expand their flying skills, improve their safety judgment, and even add FAA ratings – all of which increase the squadron’s ability to safely respond to any tasking. 

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In The Community - External

Guided by CAP's 1946 Congressional Charter to "encourage and foster civil aviation in local communities," the External Aerospace Education program connects CAP’s expertise and focused curriculum with the local community.

CAP provides the community with a wide variety of materials that help integrate aviation and aerospace into their classrooms. This outreach program centers on CAP member guest speakers, hosted field trips, hosted science competitions and information fairs. The Aerospace Education staff can also provide focused experiences for groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts of America, 4-H, Indian Guides, Indian Princesses, and the like.

K-12 teachers also have the opportunity to join CAP in a limited capacity, known as an Aerospace Education Member. First and foremost, your membership opens the door to a rich collection of focused course materials and textbooks that help address the aerospace education need identified by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Additionally, an Aerospace Education Member has the ability to fly in CAP aircraft and experience a specially designed flight curriculum.

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Solar Impulse Starbase Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Tulsa Aerospace Education
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Civil Air Patrol's Three Primary Missions

Aerospace Education
Presenting courses and learning opportunities to both our membership and our communities, the Aerospace Education program offers the opportunity to learn about the exciting world of aerospace. From the past to the future, physics to psychology, terrestrial to extraterrestrial, we explore the rich variety of knowledge and disciplines that drive the aerospace industry.

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Emergency Services
There are several Emergency Services areas that the Civil Air Patrol covers. The principal categories include Search and Rescue (SAR) missions, Disaster Relief, Humanitarian Services, and Air Force Support. Others, such as Homeland Security and Counter-drug Operations, are becoming increasingly important.

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Cadet Programs
The cadet program is designed to provide youth ages 12-20 training in followership, leadership, aerospace education, communication, and emergency services. Cadets receive training in these areas at their weekly squadron meetings as well as participating in local and wing level activities that occur throughout the year.

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Starbase Composite Squadron’s meetings
Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00pm
We meet at the
Oklahoma Army National Guard Base 

(4220 Mingo Valley Access Rd, Tulsa, OK 74116)

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Wreaths For Tulsa
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Youth on Guard
The youth who train to serve on the Youth on Guard team learn, through striving for perfection, about duty, honor, and respect. This shapes each one to be an individual whose character and actions are fashioned to reflect the honor that the unknowns deserve.

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