Aerospace, STEM, and Cyber Education

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WAMA Aerospace Education Officer                       2021 WAMA Aerospace Education Instructors

Dr. Sylvie Giral Kacmarcik, Major, CAP              Maj Sylvie Kacmarcik

WAWG Director of Aerospace Education                    WAMA Aerospace, STEM, & Cyber Education Officer WAWG CyberPatriot Coordinator                      

Green Darner CyberCamp Director & Instructor         

All in-person WAMA activities postponed until further notice.
Virtual / online training:
Saturday 13 February 2021, 14:00 to 16:00 PDT
Natural Hazards in Aviation (non meteorological)

In this training, participants will learn and discuss how various natural hazards impact aviation. Meteorological hazards will be discussed at a later date when studying the weather.

As part of this session, we are inviting aviation professionals (pilots, air tower controller...) to share their anecdotes on specific natural disasters such as the 1980 Mount St Helens eruption or the 2001 Nisqually M6.8 earthquake for examples.

Hands-on activities will be used to illustrate some concepts or phenomena, such as liquefaction.

Materials needed: (incomplete)
  • 2 containers of at least 8-16 oz. size like a large mug
  • 2 cups of sand to fill the upper containers halfway
  • 2 rocks of similar size that can fit in the cups without touching the sides
  • 1 cup of water
Print outs needed: (to be announced)


WAMA Aerospace Education Track:

Through the WAMA Aerospace Education Track, cadets and senior members will be able to enjoy learning and exploring a variety of AE and STEM topics, as well as progress through their professional development. This track will also help you earn Certificates and Badges.
More experienced cadets will have the opportunity to assist, tutor and/or teach as part of the AE track of WAMA which will help them in their progress towards higher STEM badge ratings. AE classes will have a scaffolding structure where more experienced cadets will mentor less experienced ones in addition to doing more challenging activities.
For Senior Members: AEOs duties and Specialty Track Rating progressions require AEOs to participate to activities at group, wing, and region levels. WAMA is considered a Wing level activity. AEOs can participate in many ways:
  • Observing: learn new activities or new ways of doing activities and classes.
  • Assisting: some activities would benefit from having more than one AEO in the room and we will be grateful for any help offered.
  • Instructing: if you have an activity that you would love to share and teach, please contact WAMA’s AEO and we will work on integrating it in our program.
For many years, the Civil Air Patrol has been having a Model Rocketry program with a badge associated with the students accomplishments. (

In August 2018, the Cadet Cyber Badge and Cadet STEM Badge were introduced. These new recognition programs will motivate cadets to participate in activities like CyberPatriot, robotics, astronomy, meteorology, drones / UAVs, flight simulators, and more.  See Cadet Cyber & STEM Recognition Programs CAPP 60-41 for more information (

Both the Cadet STEM Badge and Cadet Cyber Badge use a modular format. Recipients obtain a single, basic badge, and affix the appropriate star to denote their level of achievement. A blue star indicates the Basic rating, a silver star indicates the Intermediate rating, and a gold star indicates the Advanced rating. As cadets earn ratings, they may remove the old star and install the new, while keeping the same basic badge.

For summary tables on how to earn the Cadet STEM and CYBER Badges with increasing rating, please consult the WAWG AE webpage.