We aim to prepare and inspire the next generation of skilled professionals for the aviation and aerospace industries using science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and to educate the public about FAA's mission to maintain the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world
Why STEM Matters
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.
In 1935, the Department of Commerce Bureau of Air Commerce (FAA's forerunner) began working with the National Education Association to define and promote aviation education. Over several decades, many government agencies supported aviation education through efforts and initiatives.
When Dr. Mervin K. Strickler, Jr. joined the FAA as its aviation education specialist in 1960, he earned the nickname the "Father of Aerospace Education" for his tireless work promoting aviation education and developing partnerships and programs. Under his guidance, we increased our advocacy of aviation education and gained legislative authority for educational activities. We also created the STEM AVSED Outreach Program in 1961 to prepare and inspire the next generation of skilled professionals for the aviation and aerospace communities.
Today – with the tremendous support of our program partners – our STEM AVSED program continues to reach communities across the U.S. and beyond to provide expertise and resources on civil and commercial aviation. From our Aviation Career Education Academy and science fairs to guest lectures and hands-on workshops, our STEM AVSED program blazes a path to high-flying careers in aviation and aerospace.