Aviation & Space Education (AVSED)

Reach For The Sky

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The FAA conducts outreach through the Science Technology, Engineering, and Math Aviation and Space Education Program (STEM AVSED) to inspire youth from diverse background to pursue careers in the aerospace field. More »

Why STEM Matters

Aviation and space exploration offers exciting opportunities for the next generation of leaders to use their imaginations and technical skills and help shape the future of flight. From drones and gliders to airplanes and rockets, the FAA STEM AVSED Program is focused on introducing K-12 students to a new world of possibilities.

The United States National Airspace System is the largest, most complex aviation system in the world. To maintain our country's global leadership in aviation and to meet the demand for aviation and aerospace professionals, the STEM AVSED Program and its partners conduct outreach to raise awareness of aviation and aerospace career opportunities among students.

With the aviation industry growing, a diverse pipeline of skilled, passionate aviation professionals will drive innovation and better prepare the industry for tackling the challenges of the 21st century.

Contests and Programs

  • Ace Academies  
    Ace Academies provide unique and immersive summer aviation education programs for elementary, middle, and high school students who are interested in aerospace careers. More >>  

  • Airport Design Challenge 
    During the eight-week Airport Design Challenge, participants design virtual airports in Minecraft based on guidance from FAA aerospace and engineering experts. More >>    

  • Real World Design Challenge 
    In the Real World Design Challenge, students in grades 9—12 use engineering software to tackle real-world technical challenges faced by our nation's leading industries. More >> 

  • Outreach Representatives 
    FAA subject matter experts facilitate learning activities at a wide variety of educational and professional events, conferences, and other programming.


Last updated: Friday, September 23, 2022