b'STEM EDUCATION PROGRAM Impact of CAPs STEM Kit ProgramScience, Technology, Engineering and MathematicsThe STEM Kit program continues to set new records!(STEM) workers play a key role in the sustained growth andSo far this year, the program has:stability of the U.S. economy, and are a critical component Filled 1,800 Applicationsto helping the U.S. win the future. STEM education creates Served 155,241 Participantscritical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the Distributed 3,600 Kitsnext generation of innovators. The total since 2013:The Civil Air Patrols STEM Kit program provides STEMFilled 11,349 Applicationsresources for hands-on, inquiry-based learning. The STEM Served 715,903 ParticipantsKit program has been providing a selection of STEM Kits to Distributed 21,306 KitsCAP Unit Aerospace Education Officers (AEOs) and CAP 80% of participants are more interested in STEM after educator members since January 23, 2013, to educate thebeing involved in the STEM Kit program.next generation STEM workforce. Cadet membership in the U.S. Air Force AuxiliaryThe Civil Air Patrol Aerospace/STEM Education ProgramsThe CAP Cadet Program is a year-round program where bring over 40 free fun and engaging products and programsCadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push to our members in squadrons and classrooms throughoutthemselves to new limits. If youre dreaming about a career the nation. We serve adults and youth in pre-K throughin aviation, space, or the military, CAPs Cadet Program is12th grades. We reach 700,000 youth each year with ourfor you.hands-on Aerospace/STEM lessons and materials. To become a cadet, you must be be at least 12 years old The kits come at no cost to recipients, are designed toand not yet 19 years old. enhance current CAP educational curriculum and programs,Cadets usually meet 2 hours per week and one Saturdayand will be ready for immediate implementation. CAP Unitper month, on average, and also have opportunities to attend AE Officers (or commanders), as well as CAP members wholeadership encampments, career academies, and otherare educators, including AFJROTC instructors, can select oneactivities during the summer.kit from the available options. Adult membership in the U.S. Air Force AuxiliaryIf you are a teacher or informal educator (such asScouts or youth groups), you may join the CAP as anThough Civil Air Patrol is known for its flying missions,Aerospace Education Member (AEM) and enjoy many freeCAP adults members, known as Senior Members, do so aerospace/STEM educational opportunities ranging frommuch more than just fly. In fact less than a fifth of all CAP receipt of a variety of curriculum materials and STEM Kits. members are pilots or aircrew members. Participating in a teacher orientation flight aboard one CAP adult members come from all walks of life. Someof our Cessna aircraft at your local airport. This uniqueare doctors, nurses, paramedics, or other medical professionals.membership category is designed for formal or informal Others are lawyers, paralegals, accountants, computer educators involved in promoting aerospace/STEM educationprogrammers, and other business professionals andin classrooms, homeschools, museums, libraries, or otherexecutives. Really just about any career or backgroundyouth organizations. To learn more about membership andcan be useful to and found in the ranks of the CAP adult opportunities available to CAP educator members, refer tomembership. CAP supports a variety of missions thatthe links below: require adults from all walks of life.www.capnhq.gov/CAP.MembershipSystem.Web/AEMOnline.aspx In emergency services and operations CAP not onlyneed aircrew members, but also ground team membersto aid in the rescue of survivors or to assess damage aftera disaster. CAP needs communications personnel to relay critical messages when there is limited or no telephone support.Administrative staff, financial managers, logistics andsupply personnel are needed to document missions andget personnel critical supplies and equipment in the fieldthat they need to conduct missions.CAP also needs adults to support the cadet program. CAP has over 23,000 cadets across the country that need mentors willing to help guide and support them. The cadet program provides young adults between the ages of 12 and 21 a well rounded program of leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and moral and ethical decision making. In todays world we need good people who are willing to step up and help provide a healthy, drug-free environmentto develop tomorrows leaders. Many former cadets have Robotics STEM Kit, cadets watch the performance of the robot arm they built using CAPs STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Kit for robotics. gone into the military, government jobs, or private sector 36 Military Appreciation Resource Magazine Thank You For Your Service'