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Applications for AFA's Annual STEM Educator Grants Open Sept. 1 | Air & Space Forces Association – Air Force Magazine

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Former STRATCOM commander Gen Kevin P. Chilton, USAF (Ret.)Colonel Miguel A. Cruz, Commander of Delta 4, the Missile Warning command of the U.S. Space Force; Dr. Davin Swanson, Chief Engineer in Space and C2 Systems, Raytheon Intelligence and Space; and Christopher Stone discuss orbital vigilance and the need for enhance space-based missile warning and missile tracking. 
Registration is now open for AFA’s 2022 Air, Space & Cyber Conference! This year’s theme is “America’s Air and Space Forces – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (75 Years in the Defense of Our Nation).”
AFA CyberCamps are designed for high school and middle school students who want to learn more about cybersecurity. Interested in registering as a camp host or participant? Click the link below!
StellarCamp is a fun space system design camp for rising 8th through rising 12th graders. Participants get to learn about aspects of space system design with no prior experience required!
Discover which membership option works best for you!
Distinguish your organization as a leader in the defense and aerospace industry!
Serving Airmen and Guardians for over 75 years, check out some highlights from AFA’s storied history!
Want to learn more about AFA’s vision for the future? Read AFA at 75: Revitalizing for a New Era- A Strategic Plan for 2021-2026.
Our nation’s STEM educators are molding the next generation of aeronautic engineers, computer scientists, cybersecurity experts, programmers, and researchers. The future is in their hands, making the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics projects they provide their students today vital to STEM’s prosperity tomorrow. But the reality is that not all teachers, schools, and districts can fund the projects students need to grow.
That’s why every year, the Air & Space Forces Association proudly awards $500 grants to 40 educators poised to make a lasting difference in K-12 STEM classrooms. The grants can be used to fund research projects or purchase materials needed to make STEM projects, activities, or clubs possible in their schools.
Since 2007, AFA has awarded more than 1,000 STEM educators with more than $300,000 in grants. These grants have funded robotics competitions, flight simulator systems, lab equipment, drone operation lessons, 3D printing workshops, and more at elementary, middle, and high schools all around the country.
Applications for this year’s educator grant may be submitted between September 1 and December 15. Selections will be announced in February 2023. 
“Students have really struggled this year to get along and socialize. This activity gave them a fun way to learn together and re-learn how to cooperate and work together as a team to accomplish a task. Students BEGGED to work with the drones and the teamwork was outstanding! The drones became a great motivator for students who had been otherwise unengaged in learning! Thank you!” —Alethea Setser, Charles Pinckney ES, Mt Pleasant, S.C.
“The students LOVED this unit! Many have asked if we would reuse the drones again this year and at least six students who are not in my classes have stated that they are planning on taking my class next year specifically because we use drones. At least two said that they were interested in becoming professional drone pilots either through the military or privately.” —Carol Jemiolo, Apex Friendship MS, Apex, N.C.
“The outcome of this project was that my classroom of all-girls middle-school science students saw themselves as scientists and aerospace engineers. As they worked on their projects, I heard them state over and over again, ‘I feel just like a scientist’ and (during the straw rocket launch), ‘I bet this is what real aerospace engineers do as they design machines to fly through the air and on to space!’” —Caroline Little, Visitation School, Mendota Heights, Minn.
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