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Available Kits For Selection

Applicants Can Select One STEM Kit at a Time From 10 CAP STEM Kits

In accordance with annual STEM project grant requests from CAP units and educator members, and in collaboration with CAP subject matter experts, the CAP AE program office has identified 10  STEM Kits offered for this program. The 10 kits come at no cost to recipients; are designed to enhance current CAP educational curriculum and programs; and will be ready-made for immediate implementation. CAP Unit AE Officers (or commanders), as well as CAP members who are educators, including AFJROTC instructors, can select one kit from the options that are described below. After you use the kit for at least six hours and complete an online evaluation, a second kit can be ordered on a funds-available basis. STEM Kit components will be adjusted, as appropriate, to accommodate group size. NOTE: Kits are designed as introductory programs with the intention that the recipients connect with subject matter experts, as noted with each kit description, for further assistance, instruction, and guidance.

Safety precautions should be practiced at all times with all CAP materials and programs.

Follow the links to kit details.








1 - Astronomy

(Recommended ages: 6 and older)

For beginning astronomers to experienced stargazers, these lightweight, portable Celestron telescopes will work well with cadets and/or students. Added to the durable telescopes will be astronomy lessons, a CD with planetarium software for becoming familiar with the night sky, and accessories to adjust magnitude and vision. There will also be an Astronomy Activity Booklet that includes career option information. This kit will bring the opportunity to begin an interest in astronomy that can be carried over into family and community StarGazing evenings with the assistance of area American Astronomical Society (AAS) clubs. The AAS has over 7,000 members nationwide composed of physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers and others whose research interests lie within the broad spectrum of career areas now comprising contemporary astronomy. The AAS can provide experienced and higher-level astronomy programs to enhance this beginning astronomy kit. Both AAS experts and CAP member STEM experts can assist in astronomy-related career mentoring.





2 - Flight Simulator

(Recommended ages: middle school and older)



The kit includes Microsoft Flight Simulator as a Training Aid book and accompanying flight simulation CD, yoke and rudder pedals. We have updated the software component of the kit to include Microsoft Flight Simulator X STEAM Edition, a downloadable product code (no disc required). The flight simulator book has many activities to help learners use flight planning aeronautical charts and other lessons to extend the experiential portion of the flight simulator program.  The hands-on approach is designed to spark an interest in flying, especially for CAP cadets, ages 12 and above, who are given opportunities for orientation flights and flight training in CAP. Due to the experience of CAP adult mentorship, a variety of aviation careers will be explored through this project. The Flight Simulator activity book can be supplemented with CAP's many AEX aviation activities, as well as any activities found and/or developed by the instructor. NOTE: Computers are not included in this kit. Computers need to be equipped with gaming and graphic software to utilize this kit.






3 - Model & Remote-Control Aircraft

(Recommended ages: middle school and older)


Sky Streak and Cub balsa airplanes will be included in this kit for very beginning building and flying of model aircraft. This simple model building and experimentation with flying will lead to learning to fly remote-control aircraft via a Real Flight Simulator computer program, a hand-held controller, curriculum, and two DVDs: Wings Aircraft and AeroLab- which are all included in this kit. Everything a young potential enthusiast will need to determine if a career in general aviation or either manned or unmanned aerial vehicles/systems will be provided. This kit is designed to promote a beginning interest in aviation and/or remotely piloted aircraft vocations (careers) and avocations (hobbies). This program complements the new CAP AEX Model Aircraft and Remote Controlled (MARC) modules developed by a CAP volunteer which will be included in the kit.

This kit is intended to take advantage of the added bonus of the opportunity for youth to receive a FREE membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and work with area AMA clubs for mentorship in learning to fly real remote-controlled airplanes in TAG (Take-off and Grow) programs. NOTE: This kit provides the R/C computer simulated program and controller. It is intended that recipients contact a local AMA chapter to assist in real R/C flight experiences and instruction. These experienced R/C pilots will bring this program to an exciting level with expert instruction on the program. AMA and CAP members can be excellent mentors for general, commercial, and military aviation and remotely-piloted aircraft career exploration. Then, after the training portion is completed, your group will be ready to try to fly the Calypso R/C airplane that will also be provided to your group.

NOTE: Click HERE for Lt Col Ted Spitzmiller's revised AeroLab guide book he created for anyone's use. He is a very experienced CAP pilot from Rio Rancho, NM.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTES: Follow all directions in the Calypso airplane package for building the plane--- AND, for charging the battery (lithium polymer batteries can cause fires if charged incorrectly, i.e. too rapidly). Also, follow the manufacturer's instructions in the Tactic controller's binding process, as well, to avoid injury. (One user stated that completing the binding process with the motor control set to the minimum position works best to avoid having the transmitter inadvertently switch off while the receiver is powered, which could cause injury.) Important take-away? Connect with an experienced AMA member to assist in learning how to build, charge, and fly your new Calypso- as once it crashes it may not be repairable. R/C flying is not as easy as it appears!






4 - Robotics

(Recommended ages: intermediate school and older)




Getting started with robotics will intrigue and engage cadets, students, and adults in an exciting manner with endless possibilities for extension. This kit will have a robotic arm kit, USB programmable software, curriculum, and instructional video. This beginning project can lead to national competitions in FIRST, Botball, VEX, National Underwater Robotics and BEST Robotics. The program will complement CAP's Robotics curriculum and will help youth explore careers in robotics to include manufacturing, unmanned space exploration, and prosthetic engineering and other medical applications. Tapping the expertise of CAP's robotics experts, or volunteers you know, will help guide youth toward exciting career possibilities- AND- provide some assistance and guidance in building and using this robotic arm. Many youth have found very creative ways to use the robotic arm- hope yours do too!





5 - Rocketry

(Recommended ages: elementary and older, with adult supervision)



Cadets in all CAP units want to earn the Rocketry badge, yet many times, funding is not available to progress to the second (Titan) stage using single-stage model rockets. The same is true in classrooms and other youth organizations that wish to get started in model rocketry. Thus, this kit will provide "beginning" Alpha III rockets (with plastic form-fitted fins- there is no fin development and/or measurement involved in this rocket, so other more difficult rockets should be sought for expanded math and engineering involvement), A8-3 motors- 2 for each rocket, launch pad, controller, curriculum, and instructional video to initiate this invigorating program. Beginning with foam or bottle rockets is great, but getting to launch engine-propelled rockets will give just about any young person (and adult) a thrill to investigate repeated rocket experiments. Of course, the desire to build bigger, multi-stage rockets will naturally follow! This kit is intended to supplement the Model Rocketry curriculum, as well as the new Advanced Model Rocketry module found online in CAP's eServices AE Download section. The kit materials will fulfill CAP's cadet program's Titan (Stage Two) requirements in the Model Rocketry book that is included in the kit. This program can ignite an interest in national competition in the Team America Rocketry Challenge and lead young people to explore varying careers in aerospace engineering for the future. Experienced rocketry enthusiasts in CAP can lead students to safe explorations of mechanical and chemical engineering careers.

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6. Quadcopter

 (Recommended ages: 12 and older)


There are many different learning aspects of this STEM Kit. This program will require cadets and students to experience/practice the art of drilling, soldering and connecting electronic charges. After the building process is complete, the joy of flying a quadcopter will become the focus of everyone involved. To quote the manufacturer, the kit is "great for schools and learning groups to learn the art of building a multi-rotor and the ability to experiment with design." This kit is an extension of the Model and Remote-Control STEM Kit; therefore applicants are encouraged to work with local AMA Clubs for additional guidance with the kit. Included with the quadcopter will be a CAP Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Activity Booklet, tip sheet, R/C transmitter, battery and battery charger. Drill and soldering tools are not included in this kit.





7. Weather Station

(Recommended ages: elementary school and older)


With the Acu-Rite Professional Weather Station, learners can measure rainfall, barometric pressure, wind speed and more. The station also includes programmable weather alarms. Users will need to download the FREE My Backyard Weather Software & App to utilize the Weather Station to its fullest potential. Self-calibrating forecasting provides your personal forecast of weather conditions for 12 to 24 hours by collecting data from the sensor at your facility. The Weather Station comes with Rainfall Collector Funnel/accessories, display unit, USB cable, power adapter, instruction manual and mounting hardware. CAP Dimensions Module 3-Air Environment will also accompany the Weather Station STEM Kit. Batteries for the Rainfall Collector Funnel and display unit are not included.





8. Hydraulic Engineering

Recommended ages: Fourth grade and older


The Pathfinders Hydraulics 4-in1 Pack contains four hydraulics kits in one box. The simple machine series, the manufacturer says, is designed as a hands-on introduction to hydraulics and simple machines. Most models stand between 18 and 24 cm high when fully extended and can hold things like a glass of milk, toys and other items. The four types of wooden hydraulic machines use a small number of syringes (pistons), wooden frames, surgical tubing and liquid.  The kit is designed to introduce students to levers and linkages and hydraulic fluid power. Building the four machines  (cherry picker, excavator, scissor lift and platform lifter) may inspire learners to design machines of their own.





9. Raspberry Pi

Recommended ages: middle school and older



Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer that helps teach programming through a variety of practical projects. Included in the Civil Air Patrol STEM Kit:

  • Raspberry Pi Core Kit
  • Real Time clock breakout board kit
  • Blue & White 16x2 LCD + Keypad kit
  • GPS Breakout
  • Touchscreen
  • Sensor Pack
  • Camera Board





10.  Ready-to-Fly Quadcopter

Recommended ages: Fourth Grade and older


The Blade Nano RTF Quadcopter is a tiny, handheld, ready-to-fly multi-rotor model that can be flown indoors. Transmitter, prop guards, flight battery and USB charger are included. The Civil Air Patrol Unmanned Aerial Vehicle booklet is included.




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