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AE Curriculum

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

The cover of the Women in Aviation booklet    

                      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

Check out sample from Vol I:  Lesson 5 - Katherine Cheung, first U.S. female Asian-American pilot!

Sample from Vol II: Lesson 1-  Emily Howell Warner, first woman permanent pilot of a scheduled U.S. passenger airline.

Thanks to Women in Aviation international, host of the annual Girls in Aviation Day, and the Ninety-Nines for allowing CAP to use their logos and promote their organizations to young girls. 

Lesson Archives:

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

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