Group offers aerospace education resources


COLCHESTER >> The Vermont Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) can be an important and versatile resource for the state's science teachers from kindergarten through high school, according to Captain Tom Williams, of the Catamount Composite Squadron. Capt. Williams introduced CAP and its materials at the recent annual conference of the Vermont Science Teachers Association, providing an introduction to the science and technology offerings that CAP provides free of charge to educators.

"A critical part of CAP's mission both in Vermont and nationwide is to be an asset to educators looking to bring new tools and information to their science-technology-engineering and mathematics [STEM] curricula, by providing a diverse array of lessons focused on aerospace and aviation," said Colonel Michael Davidson, Aerospace Education Officer for the Vermont Wing.

"Captain Williams' VSTA workshop helped raise awareness of CAP in the Vermont educational community. Further, he showed how CAP resources can generate discussion of related 'real world' technology problems to their classes, and enable discussion of possible solutions among students and teachers."

The Vermont Wing has active aerospace education programming and resources available to teachers of primary and secondary grade schools designed to facilitate real-world lessons in basic principles of physics; aerospace engineering, navigation, meteorology, related topics in American history, and other subjects. Capt. Williams also provided a brief demonstration of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), of the kind CAP can make available to interested educators for classroom use.

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the official volunteer auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Vermont Wing headquarters is located in South Burlington, and squadrons located in Barre/Montpelier, Rutland, Bennington, and Springfield consist of 3 Cessna aircraft, 9 ground vehicles, photo and video assessment technology, emergency locator transmitter direction finding equipment, and an extensive Nation-Wide radio network that can provide communications in the event commercial cellular telephones and the internet are interrupted due to natural or man-made disaster.

The Vermont Wing provides search and rescue and disaster relief missions, and other support, for various agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), by providing incident awareness assessment for officials, via airborne photography of large areas of the Northeast United States. Aerospace education, and extensive programming for cadets, are also key missions for CAP. For additional information, visit

The Vermont Science Teachers Association (VSTA), an affiliate of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is committed to excellence in science curriculum and instruction in schools and communities throughout the State of Vermont.


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