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    Generation STEM: Discovering Aerospace through ExperienceStudents at Generation STEMThe Academy at Martin Sortun ElementaryUSA Science and Engineering Festival 2012-2
    Generation STEM: Discovering Aerospace through Experience
    Students at Generation STEM work diligently to create a balloon rocket car.
    “The Academy” at Martin Sortun Elementary makes STEM accessible and interesting for students, and creates confidence and academic enjoyment.
    AIAA NCS member demonstrates space suit gloves to a future astronaut

    STEM K-12 Outreach

    What is Aerospace Engineering?

    K-12-LogoAerospace engineering is the branch of engineering focused on the design, construction, and testing of aircraft and spacecraft. It is broken into two major overlapping disciplines: aeronautical engineering (for vehicles that stay within Earth’s atmosphere) and astronautical engineering (for vehicles that travel beyond Earth’s atmosphere). Aerospace engineering applies the fascinating science behind the forces of nature and the physical properties of aircraft, rockets, and spacecraft.  Visit for a video describing aerospace engineering.

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