CAP Aerospace Group 1 Newsletter
Captain Michelle Sedberry____________ May 2017
The Group 1 Aerospace Newsletter
New Texas Science Standards
**Importance to CAP:
When recruiting AEMs districts may ask if CAP resources are aligned to the NEW state standards. The ACE resources for K-6 are aligned to the state standards. The alignment guide is below in the resource section. I have not made an alignment guide for AEX resources at this time, but if there is a resource you use often and would like aligned please let me know.
If districts have any questions regarding the curriculum have them contact me directly and I will be happy to answer their questions. Msedberry@esc17.net
AEM Recruitment Ideas
There are 20 regions in Texas. The Service Centers work directly with districts and can promote the aerospace resources to teachers. In one workshop they can recruit 20-30 AEMs! All Service Center Science Specialists know me by name so please name drop...it might get your foot in the door. I have attached the Texas map by region. Find your region and Google ESC (your number) and you will find the science specialists in your area.
2. Contact your Local School
May is a great time to reach out to the schools. May 11th is the state science assessment for 5th, 8th, and Biology. After the 11th all required content is completed for the year so teachers are looking for fun activities to do with students. CAP aerospace activities require very limited supplies and are perfect to get students outside. **Be strategic and don't contact tested grades prior to the 11th.
3. STEM Kits
STEM is huge in schools right now. All the schools know they need to do it, but don't always know what to do. STEM promotes critical thinking and problem solving. It is applying the math and science students have learned paired with technology to solve a problem. Most STEM programs are very expensive so advertise the STEM kits are FREE to AEMs and AEM membership is only $35 for a life time membership. The flyer is available under the resource section.
4. Setting Up A Face to Face Meeting
If you can get a face to face meeting bring your CAP resources with you. The curriculum resources will sell themselves. Once teachers see all the lessons they get for $35 they are on board. If you are unable to meet face to face then take a picture of everything and send it in an email. Most school websites have teacher emails listed by grade level.
New CAP STEM Kits
STEM kits are free for CAP squadrons and an easy way to get your cadets involved in hands-on aerospace activities. All of the kits come with easy to follow lesson plans and all of the equipment needed for the activities. For more information and to apply, go to capmembers.com/stem-ed.
The kits that are available:
Model and Remote-Control Aircraft
Three Rivers Composite Squadron
Three Rivers Composite Squadron shared the website EarthKam.
Sally Ride EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) is a NASA educational outreach program that enables students, teachers, and the public to learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space. During Sally Ride EarthKAM missions (periods when the Sally Ride EarthKAM camera is operational), middle school students around the world request images of specific locations on Earth.
**This is a great project and CAP squadrons are eligible to participate.
If your squadron has something to share please send it to Msedberry@esc17.net and I will feature your squadron in the next newsletter!
- September-April: ACE Registration
- September 30th: AEX Activities are Due
- September 30th: Yeager Awards Complete for Reporting in October
- October 15th: Activity Reports and Plan of Action Reports are Due
- November 15th: Aerospace Award Nominations are Due
Optional Group 1 Planning Documents
AEX Planning Document: This planning document will allow you to organize your AEX activities and 2 hour event for completion of your AEX award prior to September. Instructions on how to report your award are included in this document.
POA Planning Document: This document is a worksheet where you can record squadron activities through out the year. It also contains ideas and information on how to apply and report for different categories.
*I hope these planning documents will be very helpful for new Aerospace Officers as well as our more experienced members. Our reported Group 1 Aerospace Activity is very low. I believe we are doing great things that are not getting recorded due to last minute reporting in October. These documents will help you capture the amazing things you do all year and help speed up your reporting progress in October.
This template will help squadrons organize activities for reporting through the year.
This template can be used to assist your squadron in planning your AEX program and keeping track of your activities.
This guide will help Aerospace Officers understand the training needed to complete the Aerospace Specialty Track.
This manual explains everything an Aerospace Officer needs to know for their position.
The ACE curriculum is a K-6 resource that covers earth science, life science, and physical science. This would be a good resource for AEMs and for Science Fair projects.