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Welcome kids and parents! The Kids/Youth channel will provide you with resources to help students interested in aviation/aerospace pursue their career goals. There is a wide range of links to cool aviation web sites for kids of all grades. We hope kids and their parents will find this channel informative, useful, and fun. As always, parents/guardians should guard their children's access to the Internet, and verify the suitability of the content they view.

The Kids/Youth Channel is divided into several sections:
Fun Stuff
Kids Photo Gallery
Organizations and Resources

Fun Stuff (Games & Activities)
There are numerous organizations offering games, coloring books, puzzles, hands-on activities, and experiments for kids of all grade levels (K-12). Visit their web sites for more information.

Mn/DOT Aviation Education Web site:
Aviation Games
Activity Books
FAA Aviation Education: Kids' Corner
The American Experience WAYBACK - U.S. History for Kids
NBAA AvKids.com
NASA for Kids -The Space Place
Boeing Kids Page
EAA Air Academy
Flying Tree House
K-8 Aeronautics Internet Textbook
Science Fun With Airplanes
Delaware DOT: Kids' Fun Page

There are a few organizations that sponsor contests for students. Visit their web sites for more information.

International Aviation Art Contest
The International Aviation Art Contest, an event of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) is cosponsored by the National Association of State Aviation Officials Center for Aviation Research and Education (NASAO Center), the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The art contest encourages youth, ages 6-17, from all over the world to reflect on aviation by having them design a piece of art based upon the year's chosen theme for judging in state, national, and international competition. One of the goals of this contest is to encourage and motivate young people to become more familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering and science. To learn more about the Aviation Art Contest and to find out if your state participates in the contest, click here or visit the FAA’s web site.

National High School Rocketry Contest
AIA and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) sponsor the Team America Rocketry Challenge, the world's largest model rocket contest. The competition provides student teams with a realistic experience in designing a flying aerospace vehicle that meets a specified set of mission and performance requirements. The 2005 Challenge is to design, build, and fly a model rocket carrying a raw egg and return it safely to the ground while staying aloft for exactly sixty seconds. To learn more about the National High School Rocketry Contest, click here.

Kids/Youth Photo Gallery

Coming Soon!
The AvScholars' Kids/Youth Photo Gallery showcases photos of future aviators.

Organizations and Resources
There are various organizations that encourage kids to pursue a career within the field of aviation/aerospace. Visit the organizations’ web site to learn more about their programs and/or services offered.

Aviation Career Education "ACE" Camp Programs
These one-week summer programs are designed to expose middle and high school students to a wide range of aviation career exploration. Focus is on aviation career clusters identified by FAA, with emphasis on opportunities for women and minorities. Students experience instruction in aviation history, the physics of flight, field trips to aviation sites and hands-on activities.

This program is co-sponsored by the FAA along with many other organizations. The plan is to have one program in each state and U.S. territory. Dates, locations, cost and age requirements vary according to sponsoring organizations. Visit the FAA's web site to locate your region's listing of ACE Camps!

Part of Learning For Life, this career orientation organization encourages the chartering of young adult groups by Soaring Clubs and FBOs. Young men and women can get outdoors service experience and familiarity with aviation, while adding to the ranks of young soaring pilots.

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) web site AvKids is a program designed to educate elementary school students about the benefits of business aviation to the community and the career opportunities available to them in the business aviation industry. AvKids.com is a great learning resource for teachers and kids. There are great activities for kids as well as fun games and puzzles.

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) functions as an official auxiliary of the United States Air Force. The CAP established its Cadet Program to build responsible citizens for America through a positive approach to aerospace, leadership, and life skills. The CAP Cadet program is designed for young people aged 12 through 21 years old. During the summer, Civil Air Patrol offers multiple Flight Academies nationwide providing actual flight training. The CAP also provides assistance to parents and teachers wanting information on aviation education. If you are interested in becoming a CAP Cadet or have questions about the program, visit the CAP web site or contact a CAP Unit near you.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - Aviation Education Program
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) maintains a wealth of information at the FAA Aviation Education Program for students (K-12) and teachers. The FAA’s Aviation Education Programs offer a wide range of information on their web site for kids. Visit the FAA’s Aviation Education Program web site for information catering to Kids and Students.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - Education Programs
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provides a wealth of educational information and resource materials for students, parents, and educators. A wide range of information is available through various NASA web sites. On their web sites, you can expect to find information such as science, mathematics, engineering, technology, aerospace, and space-related topics, NASA educational programs, useful software and files, historical information, as well as activities for the classroom, fun experiments, games, and more. Visit NASA’s numerous web sites below for more information:

NASA Connect For Kids Only: Earth Science Enterprise
NASA Space Place Space Link
NASA Education Amazing Space
Destination Earth NASA Explores
NASA Why Files Star Child
NASA Kids NASA Glenn Educational Activities
Imagine the Universe! SciJinks
Classroom of the Future    
QUEST: The Internet in the Classroom
NASA Glenn Research Center: The Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics

Organization of Black Airline Pilots (OBAP)
The goals of OBAP are to motivate black youth to become educationally prepared for life, to increase minority participation in aviation through exposure, training, mentoring, and scholarships; to encourage networking among black pilots; to increase the number of black pilots hired by airlines; and to assist the black airline pilot with special needs and concerns.

Soaring Society of America (SSA)
This organization inform youth at large about the sport of soaring, encourage them to join SSA, develop the soaring skill of young SSAers with training grants, camps & contests, and reward the achievements of young SSAers with awards, prizes & scholarships.

Women Soaring Pilots Association (WSAP)
The organization's goal is to promote all aspects of soaring for women glider pilots.

Young Eagles
The Young Eagles program is sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and offers everyone between the ages of 8 and 17 an opportunity to fly an airplane with a qualified pilot. Over 1 million youngsters have experienced this program. To learn more about more information about the Young Eagles and how you might participate, visit the Young Eagles web site.

AvScholars Publishing, LLC. (AvScholars) provides lists of books, resources, and links to other web sites for the user's convenience. Listing of materials and resources on this web site should not be construed or interpreted as an endorsement by AvScholars. The inclusion of links is not intended to endorse any views expressed on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites. AvScholars does not control or guarantee the quality of this outside information. Please read our Terms & Conditions. If you would like to add your organization to this list, contact us.


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