Civil Air Patrol (CAP) promotes and supports aerospace education, both for its own members and the general public. CAP educational programs help prepare American citizens to meet the challenges of a sophisticated aerospace society and understand its related issues.

CAP offers national standards-based educational products, including a secondary textbook, Aerospace: The Journey of Flight, and the middle-school-level Aerospace Dimensions. Teachers can get free classroom materials and lesson plans from CAP by joining CAP´s Aerospace Education Membership program.

Through our award-winning MARS program, we offer teachers:

  • Free national standards-based aerospace education materials (for homeschoolers, too!)
  • Awards, such as AEX, for schools that adopt aerospace education into their curricula
  • Grants available from Air Force Association to incorporate aerospace into the classroom
  • Low-cost aerospace textbooks for grades 6-12
  • Aerospace education newsletters full of useful information
  • Orientation flights in powered aircraft
  • Aerospace-oriented summer workshops
  • Aerospace education speakers and resources nationwide
  • The nation's premier aerospace education conference for teachers

We offer students (who are CAP Cadets):

  • Orientation flights
  • Encampment opportunities
  • Scholarships
  • Career Exploration Activities

CAP's aerospace education programs are nationally recognized:

  • Recipient of the Air Force Association's Vandenberg Award, the National Aeronautics Association's Brewer Trophy, and the Space Foundation's Education Achievement Award.
  • Website awarded USA TODAY'S Best Bet for Educators

Let Civil Air Patrol introduce you to MARS!

Become an Aerospace Education Member of CAP today! As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, humanitarian corporation, CAP more than returns your $35 membership dues in free programs, products and services.