Aerospace, STEM, and Cyber Education

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WAMA Aerospace, STEM, & Cyber Education Officer            WAMA Assistant Aerospace Education Officer

Dr. Sylvie Giral Kacmarcik, Major, CAP                                         Capt. C. Allan Reitan, CFII

WAWG Director of Aerospace Education                            WAWG Internal Aerospace Education Officer                                       SWGP Aerospace Education Officer 

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 October 2021

Cyber Security and AFA CyberPatriot

Instructors: WAWG Cyber Education Team composed of Cadets and Senior Members from local units.

As we now live in a digital world, cyberspace defense has become an urgent national need. Our life at work and at school involves computers and smart devices, but our home life is also becoming part of the world wide web especially with the ever expanding use of IoT devices. 

Not only do we need to protect our national cyberspace, we also need to protect our professional and personal digital environments. In parallel to the US Air Force expanding its missions from Air and Space, to Air, Space and Cyberspace, Civil Air Patrol has been expanding its missions to include cyber education, especially cyber security. 

During this WAMA week-end, cadet participants will be introduced to Cyber Security and to the AFA CyberPatriot program. Through hands-on exercises using VM Ware, we will explore the Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16 virtual images provided for the Practice Round by the AFA CyberPatriot.

In addition to being introduced to the AFA CyberPatriot competition program, Senior Member participants will have access to various educational resources to review for training in cyber education. 

All participants are encouraged to bring a laptop (see for configuration and compatibility). If the laptop is not compatible, the participant will work with a partner, and the spare computer will be used for accessing training materials. Do not hesitate to ask your unit for borrowing a laptop for this training week-end. 

Point of Contact: Maj Sylvie Kacmarcik,

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.