Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS)
sUAS technology, also known as Drone Technology, is a rapidly growing STEM area. In addition to learning about the science of flight and flight safety regulations, cadets can apply for scholarships in order to pay for FAA Commercial Drone Pilot certification. Commercial drone pilots can earn money leveraging their certification in such areas as surveying, mapping, inspection work, or aerial cinematography.
Click here to visit the Drone Pilot Ground School scholarship website.
Quadcopter STEM Kit
Through a grant by the Civil Air Patrol, for Fall 2019 we have received a small quadcopter for use in our Science of Flight curriculum.
StellarXplorers is a challenging space system design competition involving all aspects of system development and operation with a spacecraft and payload focus.
Teams are giving a scenario describing the system's mission and constraints, and they provide a solution to a typical space design problem, such as orbit determination, satellite component selection, and launch vehicle planning.
How Does it Work?
StellarXplorers provides specific training in the use of system simulation software, Systems Tool Kit (STK), as well as an online textbook as a curriculum supplement and study resource for online Team Quizzes given during the competition.
Practice rounds begin in October with Qualification Rounds beginning in November that determine which teams advance to the semi-finals in February. The Top 10 teams from the Semi-Finals will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the National Finals in Houston, TX.
Benefits for Students
This is an exciting hands-on learning experience that develops commercially valuable skills and increases appreciation for the critical role of space in our daily lives. The competition attracts all types of students with diverse backgrounds who will establish their own experiential base off accomplishment, all while building teamwork and leadership skills.
CyberPatriot is the premiere national high school cyber defense competition and was created to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.
This program encourages interest in cyber security and STEM by:
About the Competition
The National Youth Cyber Defense competition is a series of structured web-based tournament events in which teams of 2-5 students are scored on how well they identify and secure known vulnerabilities on a virtual network image.