November 2016


Your monthly newsletter of the 
National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education 

Representing government, industry, and labor united to promote aviation and space education activities and resources, increase public understanding of these areas, and support related educational initiatives at the local, state, and national levels. 

President's Column
ATTENTION - Deadlines Approaching

NCASE Awards
Nominations for the Strickler and Crown Circle Awards End November 30th

Second Annual High School STEM Symposium
Special Member Feature 
idoodledu: Free Program for Students to Launch Experiments into Space!

Academy of Model Aeronautics
UAS4STEM Application Deadline Approaching


From the President

Deadlines Approaching

Dear NCASE Members,
Do you know of an outstanding organization or individual who has illustrated noteworthy achievement and contributions to aviation or space education, or perhaps an accomplished educator who deserves to be recognized?  We invite you to nominate one or more of these special candidates for NCASE’s Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Jr. Aerospace Education Leadership Award, or the Crown Circle Award.  The deadlines for the 2017 nominations quickly approaches on November 30, 2016. 
The Strickler Award recognizes those who share Dr. Stickler’s commitment to aerospace education through the demonstration of outstanding accomplishment to the aerospace field through education over a continuous period of time.  The Mervin K. Stickler Aerospace Education Leadership Award was established by NCASE in 1995 to distinguish and honor excellence in aerospace education.
The Crown Circle Award is a special award for outstanding educators and education supporters who have shown leadership in their field or in support of aviation education objectives.  This is your opportunity to identify a person or organization deserving of one of these special recognitions.  Nomination forms for each award are located at:
2015 Awards

Mark your calendars for the NCASE annual membership meeting on January 10th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  This year’s annual meeting is hosted by the Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) courtesy of HFI vice president, Allison McKay.  Our annual meeting is a great time to share your organization with others and learn more about new programs on the horizon.

HFI is located at 1920 Ballenger Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314-2898.  The King Street Metro Station (Blue and Yellow Lines) is conveniently located and parking is available in the Helicopter Association International garage on the P2 level.  There will be signs in the lobby directing you to the 4th Floor main lobby.
The annual meeting agenda and dial-in information will be sent via email by Secretary, Betty Wilson. A catered lunch will be provided.  Please note we are requesting your response no later than December 30 so we can plan for in-person or dial-in attendance.  Email with your confirmation.
2015 Annual meeting

We are excited about the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference where NCASE members will have the opportunity for reaching over 12,000 science teachers and administrators representing PreK-College, public and private institutions.  Members wishing to exhibit should not delay in this NSTA - NCASE Air & Space Education Alley conference in Los Angeles, California on March 30–April 2, 2017.   Exhibitor space in the ‘Alley’ is nearly complete and the deadline quickly approaches with an extension until December 15th.

Best Regards,

Judith A. Rice, President
National Coalition for Aviation & Space Education


Nominations for the Strickler and Crown Circle Awards End November 30th!

The National Coalition of Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) has established two awards recognizing outstanding leadership in aerospace education, the Crown Circle Aerospace Leadership Award and the Mervin K. Strickler Jr. Aerospace Leadership Award to honor individuals or organizations who exemplify leadership in aerospace education. These two awards provide an opportunity to recognize outstanding efforts by our colleagues. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to nominate someone this year.
     Dr. Strickler promoted aerospace education for more than 50 years and is considered the “Father of Aerospace Education.” The Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Jr. Award was established in 1995 to recognize individuals or organizations that share his personal commitment and lifelong contributions to aerospace education at the national level.
     The Crown Circle Award was established in 1979, to recognize performance and outstanding leadership in aerospace education at the local and/or regional level.  Those seeking this honor must demonstrate involvement in and commitment to aerospace education at the local or regional level.
     Every day thousands of dedicated individuals and organizations around the country work with youth to provide opportunities through quality STEM aerospace activities.  These selfless people don’t do this for recognition, but because it is the right thing to do. Their efforts help all of us.  Don’t miss the chance to recognize their outstanding work.
     Please take the time to nominate individuals or organizations who have demonstrated outstanding aviation and space education leadership through noteworthy achievements and/or made significant contributions to the aerospace field over a continuous period of time.
     Recipients can be proud to receive one of the highest awards in aerospace education worldwide!  So, again we ask, please take the time to nominate a worthy candidate and show them their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed.
     All nominations must be received by November 30th, 2016.  For more information and nominating forms please visit the NCASE Award site at
NCASE newsletter editor, Kim Stevens took the opportunity to visit with President Judy Rice while in Florida recently. The two are pictured with Judy's 1971 Grumman AA1A Yankee. Judy says she has owned the Grumman for more than 15 years and is her favorite airplane to fly.  

AOPA Hosts Second Annual High School Aviation STEM Symposium

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) hosted its second annual High School Aviation STEM Symposium at Seattle’s Museum of Flight Nov. 6 and 7. The event was attended by almost 200 education and aviation industry representatives from 33 states and Canada. Last year's symposium, the first of its kind, was held at the Aerospace Center for Excellence in Lakeland, Fla and covered by U.S. News & World Report.

AOPA has identified a gap in aviation youth education that no other organization is filling. By working with schools directly, AOPA is helping to expose a diverse group of students to aviation that might otherwise never realize that a career as a pilot, aerospace engineer, or aircraft mechanic is within reach. 

AOPA President Mark Baker said the future looked bright for students now in high school. “There are real careers and real opportunities for students,” Baker told the group, noting an expected shortage for pilots and mechanics worldwide expected to climb past 600,000 full-time positions in the next 20 years, according to a Boeing study.

AOPA High School Symposium attendees take a short field trip past the Museum of Flight's new aviation pavilion to the adjacent Raisbeck Aviation High School in Seattle, Nov. 7.   Photo by David Tulis.

The symposium had nine breakout sessions as well as a tour of the nearby Raisbeck Aviation High School. The sessions included discussions on private philanthropy in support of aviation education, integrating aviation content in core curricula, the path to a private pilot certificate, and Bill Ayers talked about the leadership lessons he learned during his time as Chairman and CEO of Alaska Air Group. The event ended with a presentation by Purdue University, which has partnered with AOPA to develop pathways of curricula for high school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) aviation programs. 

Retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott spoke at the opening and reminded teachers that their passion could be contagious because, “in school, even if you are just one teacher in aviation or aeronautics, it can make a huge difference to some students.”

Retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott chats with AOPA High School Symposium participants at a welcome reception in Seattle, Nov. 6.  
Photo by David Tulis.


By connecting STEM learning to aviation pathways that are fun, engaging, and offer career potential, these curricula will help students get the most from their studies," explained Cindy Hasselbring, senior director for AOPA’s High School Initiative. "The symposium was a great opportunity for educators to share ideas and everyone left excited and empowered no matter if they are just starting and aviation STEM program or improving an existing one. AOPA will continue to work with schools, teachers and industry leaders to give students more opportunities to learn about aviation in the classroom." 

The High School Initiative is part of AOPA's You Can Fly program. AOPA launched You Can Fly in January 2015 to build a vibrant, growing, and self-sustaining community of active pilots. You Can Fly is moving the needle when it comes to building and supporting the pilot population with programs to improve student completion rates, bring lapsed pilots back to the cockpit, introduce young people to aviation careers, and provide a cost effective way to fly and share that experience with a community of fellow pilots.


idoodledu: Free Program for Students to Launch Experiments into Space!

     Kids are curious creatures. They want to play, tinker and discover. They crave new knowledge. They want to "get good" at things.  Cubes in Space™ provides those opportunities.  If students are equipped with the right knowledge, skills and tools, they become empowered to direct or change the trajectory of their own lives!
      idoodledu, inc, in partnership with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility, the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and NASA Langley Research Center is offering Cubes in Space™, a program providing students 11-18 years of age an opportunity to design and compete to launch an experiment into space at no cost!

     This Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) based global education program, enables students to learn about space exploration utilizing innovative problem-solving, inquiry-based learning methods. By participating in this program, students and educators are provided with engaging content and activities in preparation for the design and development of an experiment to be integrated into a small cube.
     Joining is easy and completely free! We have designed a comprehensive instructional curriculum and toolkit that includes everything that educators need to teach Cubes in Space in both formal and informal learning environments. Teachers, tutors, parents, home school educators or any adult who wants to help kids learn about space exploration can sign up for the program until January 6, 2017. Once you register, we will provide you with access to your curriculum and all the instructions to begin the program.

     This year, 80 experiments will be launched into space via sounding rocket from NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia in late June 2017 and 100 experiments will be launched on a long-duration-flight, high altitude balloon from the NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Fort Sumner, New Mexico in August 2017.
     We are thrilled to be a member of NCASE alongside such prestigious organizations and meaningful programs.  We hope what we offer provides yet another path for space exploration and discovery to NCASE members and their students.  
     Since the program began in 2014, we’ve had 42 countries, all 50 states, over 1500 educators and over 5000 students participate in the program  Come join us!

About idoodledu, inc.  
     idoodledu, inc, a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is a wholly owned subsidiary of idoodlelearning, inc., and was created in 2015 as a legal vehicle to bring public private partnerships and publicly funded programs to all learners and educators.
UAS4STEM Application Deadline Is December 31st!
     UAS4STEM is a STEM-based program from the Academy of Model Aeronautics’ Education Department. The challenge is designed to encourage students to explore the sUAS (drone) phenomenon through teamwork, competition, and success through STEM. Each team will receive a carbon fiber multi rotor kit, autopilot system, RC system, video system, batteries, charger, as well as a full online curriculum and an online video series designed to get the teams flying successfully. The ground schools courses provided will also prepare students to take the new FAA commercial UAS exam. The mission is as follows: A small group of hikers has gone missing in a remote area.
     Although rescuers have determined a search area, they are unsure of the exact location and conditions of the hikers. Your team has been called upon to provide rapid response using a small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) that can support the search-and-rescue mission. Competitions will be held in the Spring of 2017, and each team will have the opportunity to win a $2500 prize. Application deadline is December 31st, 2016. For more information, please visit UAS4STEM.ORG
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the  UAS4STEM National Championship Competition

The AMA Education Mobile Experience


December 6, Executive Committee

Meetings via Telecoms:  

Noon EDT / 11:00 CDT / 10:00 MDT / 9:00 PDT

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AUDIO - VoIP on your computer- a headset is recommended. 
Or, call in using your telephone. 
Dial +1 (571) 317-3112; Access Code / Meeting ID: 620-342-205

January 10, 2017
Hosted by: Helicopter Association International
1920 Ballenger Ave., Alexandria, VA

2016 NEW Memberships
Aeronautical Proficiency Training LLC
idoodledu, Inc.
Elbit Systems
Space Club

2016 Renewed Memberships
Academy of Model Aeronautics
Aircraft Electronics Association
Blue Sky Educational Foundation
Dee Howard Foundation
Flight School Association
Ken Cook Company
Master Flight Foundation
State Aviation Journal
University Aviation Association
Virginia Department of Aviation
Wolf Aviation Fund
Become a Member of NCASE

The AIAA Foundation is now accepting nominations for the AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award!  Nominate teachers who excite and engage students through STEM content and experiences. Help AIAA Foundation celebrate the “best and brightest” educators for inspiring students. Each award recipient will be honored at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala in May 2017.  The nomination deadline is December 2, 2016.  For more information visit AIAA. 

EAA AirVenture Spirit Puts the Show on the Road

Earlier this month, at NBAA 2016, the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) had a real treat for attendees: a virtual trip to Oshkosh, Wis., courtesy of the association’s new Spirit of Aviation mobile trailer. The 18-wheeler was parked at the indoor static space at the Orlando Convention Center. One broad side unfolded to expose a mini-workshop for practicing metal bending, foam cutting and gluing and rivet pulling. (And, yes, you could make-and-take your constructions.) 

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Aviation Pavilion Virtual Tour: 
Experience The Museum of Flight like never before!

The only thing more inspiring than being able to see these incredible aircraft in one place is to hear the amazing stories that they have to tell. However, as is true with all priceless and delicate artifacts found in cultural institutions, visitors will only be able to marvel from a safe distance. That is until now…

In close partnership with Microsoft, we are using technology to unlock unprecedented access to these aircraft. For the first time, visitors – both on site as well as remotely – will be able to ‘step inside’ the cockpits and interiors of these carefully preserved artifacts through high fidelity 360-degree virtual tours.

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AOPA, Purdue University to Develop Aviation Curricula: Partnership Will Put Aviation in High School Classrooms

AOPA and Purdue University have announced a partnership to develop aviation STEM curricula for high schools across America. The program will be the first of its kind, offering students comprehensive four-year aviation study options that are aligned to rigorous math and science standards used in many states nationwide.

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JetBlue Is Turning Supermarket Clerks and Baggage Handlers Into Pilots

What do a supermarket clerk, an airline baggage handler and a heavy-equipment operator have in common? They’re among the first participants in JetBlue’s new program to turn people with little or no flight experience into pilots.

The initial six recruits begin the second phase of training Monday, after three weeks studying meteorology, aerodynamics, aircraft systems and the like. They’ll now spend about seven months in Arizona to begin flight training at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy

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State Aviation Journal

Maiden Flight of HY4 Hydrogen-Powered Airplane

A new milestone in emission-free powered flight was achieved in Germany on September 29 with the maiden flight of the HY4, a four-seat airplane powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The HY4 aircraft took off from Stuttgart Airport (STR) for its first official flight and stayed airborne for 10 minutes. 

The HY4 is the world’s first passenger aircraft whose electric motor was powered by electric energy generated solely by a hydrogen fuel cell system. Researchers from the DLR Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Center developed the aircraft’s powertrain and worked on the project with industry and research partners Pipistrel, H2FLY, The University of Ulm, and Stuttgart Airport.

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