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    Get Involved – Be a Mentor!

    men·tor: noun 
    1. a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
    2. an influential senior sponsor or supporter.

    AIAA believes the best way to influence the next generation of engineers, scientists and researchers is by DOING and SHARING. The best way to share the passion for the industry, getting involved in your local and industry communities.

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    You can:

    • visit a classroom
    • judge a science fair
    • tutor a student
    • coach a team
    • be a subject matter expert
    • become a leader in a scouting group
    • volunteer to teach an after-school program
    • Answer student questions via e-mail
    • share with your own children and grandchildren
    • …and many other ways to get involved

    Engineers as Educators Workshop is designed to teach you how to work with a teacher and the teacher to work with professionals with the common goal to enrich the student experience and motivate them to explore the many facets of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These workshops are taught at Technical Conferences and local sections. We encourage you to attend a workshop to learn from the AIAA master teachers. To get a taste of materials available to help you succeed, visit


    Looking for a volunteer or mentor?  


    Are you a teacher in search of a mentor or volunteer to assist you in your classroom or with a project? Check out the  AIAA K-12 STEM Event Planning and Volunteer Coordination page. AIAA Educator Associates can search for AIAA members who have been through the Engineers as Educators Workshops.

    Opportunities to Get Involved

    AIAA partners with three organizations to provide coaches, mentors and judges. If you are looking for a way to get involved, we suggest the following:

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    Project Lead the Way, designed for middle and high school students provides engineering classes in schools who elect to provide classroom space and teachers to participate in this program. AIAA members are welcomed as mentors, guest speakers, subject matter experts and advisors .



    The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards inspire students to “get their genius on”, but creating entrepreneurial solutions to challenges in aerospace, health and nutrition and clean energy. AIAA provides coaches, mentors and subject matter experts for students to query as they create their projects. The AIAA Foundation provides a $500 cash award for the winning Aerospace team coach and student memberships for the winning team. 


    Real World Design Challenge logoThe Real World Design Challenge is a challenge to high school  students to create innovative solutions to a problem that they are presented . A committee, composed of industry, academia and the FAA , design a problem, provide the students with the tools to use to solve the problems and provide them with an opportunity to present their solutions on a regional and national level.  AIAA provides coaches ,mentors and judges on a regional and national level. The AIAA Foundation is proud to be a partner with this program.