K-12 STEM Outreach

Be a Judge at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering at the Balboa Park Activity Center

Each year in March, San Diego section members participate in the Greater San Diego Science Fair. Our section provides a professional organization award to one junior division student and one senior division student for outstanding aerospace project. Award winners together with their parents are invited to our annual award banquet where the students display their projects and receive their award checks as part of the evenings events. We need your help as we seek to find the best and the brightest among the many outstanding projects. To participate as a judge please contact precollege@aiaa-sd.org.

Real World Design Challenge

The Real World Design Challenge is looking for mentors for this year’s Challenge. Students from all 50 states. Last year the Real World Design Challenge experienced a 52% growth in registered teams. High School students want to learn more about the technical components that go with the Challenge. Please consider being a mentor. Sign up at http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org/mentors.php

Ask An Engineer

As the school year starts, we are looking for volunteers to answer student questions about the aerospace industry. These students are bright and inquisitive and really appreciate the time you take to answer their questions. We maintain a list of members interested in volunteering by subject area and then periodically assign questions to them. It takes very little time and means so much to these students. Please email precollege@aiaa-sd.org to volunteer.

STEM K–12 Give-aways

Are you planning a K–12 event? To receive free materials to give away to students, please contact precollege@aiaa-sd.org with the date of the event, the type of audience, and the number expected to attend so that we may select the correct give-aways.

AIAA Institute STEM Goals

  • Increasing interaction among educator associates, aerospace professionals, and K–12 students by developing and providing engaging programs to inspire K–12 students to pursue STEM careers in aerospace.
  • Continuing to develop new partnerships with targeted strategic organizations to encourage K–12 teachers and students to promote education in the “STEM” subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Continuing to significantly expand the local recognition of teachers throughout the educational system for efforts contributing to a stronger aerospace workforce.