The United States Air Force Academy K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Outreach Program mission is to offer a variety of programs and services that effectively engage, inspire, and attract the next generation of STEM talent.
What does the STEM Outreach Program offer?
Individuals, organizations or groups may check out STEM related equipment for up to an 8 week period. Current items in the STEM Lending Library include Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits and portable spectrometers. Additions to the Lending Library will be made in 2017 and will appear in the STEM Outreach Program Newsletter.
When available, Air Force Academy staff and faculty travel to schools and various organizational meetings to present interactive and engaging STEM presentations to include: Chemistry Magic Shows, robotics demonstrations, Physics is Phun, Girls in the Middle, which promotes STEM career awareness to middle school girls; and other informational talks.
Support for Local STEM Events
Cadets are permitted to miss one class per semester so daytime event availability is limited. Events after 4:00PM or on Saturdays are easier to accommodate. Cadet clubs supporting STEM outreach include:
- Physics Club – Physics is Phun Shows
- Girls in the Middle events
- STEM Outreach Club
- Robotics Club
- Astronomy Club
K-12 visits can be coordinated to support classroom STEM related standards. Some of the tours available include:
- Aeronautics Research Center
- Air Force Cyberworx
- CAStLE Research Center
- Chemistry Research Center
- Computer Science Research Center
- Human Performance Lab
- Physics Research Center
- Space Systems Research Center
- USAFA Observatory
USAFA Sponsored Challenger Learning Center Events
- Sea Perch Design Challenges
- Lego WeDo Robotics Design Challenges
- Summer Camps
- STEM Teacher Professional Development – STEM Boot Camp and monthly eleSTEMary workshops
Air Force FIRST Leadership Experience
The Air Force FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Leadership Experience is an annual event that is sponsored by Air Force Recruiting Services. Approximately 25 educators and mentors for FIRST robotics from around the country are selected to attend this three-day program, which consists of educational lectures, team building exercises and tours of the Academy and local Air Force bases.
For more information, visit firstinspires.org.