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WAMA Aerospace Education Officer                       2020 February WAMA Aerospace Education Instructors

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

WAWG Director of Aerospace Education                    Maj Brian Sikkema, 21st Fairchild Composite Squadron AEO

Sylvie.Kacmarcik@wawg.cap.gov                             





7 - 9 February 2020 Space Exploration


Mission to Space and Extra-terrestrial Human Settlement

Mission to Space: Students will learn about space travel and its challenges. 

Using Virtual Reality Goggles, they will explore the inside of the Command Module of Apollo XI. They will be able to fly simulated missions using a Flight Simulator recreating the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) used on both the Command Module as well as the Lunar Module, to control everything from launch to landing to reentry. After a successful landing, each team will move on to researching a location on the Moon or on Mars. They will engineer a human settlement in this extra-terrestrial environment and figure out what will be needed for a successful survival of the space travelers.

(Please bring a laptop and a smartphone if you have any. Do not forget any charging cables and chargers. For security purposes, laptops will be locked up when students will not be in class.)

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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. (https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/aerospace-education/programs/model-rocketry)


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 (https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/CAPP_6041_F9333F40340B7.pdf).

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.