Despite the many global challenges and gloomy headlines, 2021 will be remembered in the aerospace industry as the year that space finally opened up to all of us. It’s amazing to watch the democratization of space flight happening before our eyes, and at the same time to see exploration adventures like Perseverance, Ingenuity, and Lucy. Very soon we’ll see the launch of both the most powerful rocket ever built – the SLS – and the Webb Space Telescope, which will expand our view into the cosmos. These developments excite and inspire young people around the world, and the goal of the AIAA Foundation is to help them obtain the solid educational foundation they need to join us.
The AIAA Foundation was established 25 years ago with the vision to inspire and support the next generation of aerospace professionals. We have set an ambitious goal of reaching a million students per year with meaningful aerospace engagement projects. We can only achieve this reach through partnerships, and we’re grateful to our many existing partners as well as five new ones! We welcome these new partners to the AIAA Foundation family to help us reach our goal:
- Challenger Center: Partnering for a new Trailblazing STEM Educator Award
- AstroAccess: Launching people with disabilities into space
- Discovery Science Center and Planetarium: Implementing a new pilot museum program
- Galileo Program: Providing digital platform content for students and teachers
- National Science Teaching Association/Estes: Creating rocket curricula for teachers
A lot of our support comes from corporate donations, and the highlight so far this year has been a $1 million-dollar gift from Blue Origin’s Club for the Future, made possible by proceeds from their first commercial passenger flights. We’re deeply honored that the AIAA Foundation was one of a handful of aerospace educational organizations selected for this honor.
Please join us in celebrating the Silver Anniversary with a special gift. It would mean so much to the teachers, students, and future generations of aerospace professionals.
|Students from Farmwell Station Middle School in Ashburn, Virginia, use their artistic ability, on a postcard, to create a vision for space that was flown on Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket.|
Rayon Harris and Caleb Anderson, were paired together with our Mentor Match program, and had an opportunity to meet at Georgia Tech, earlier this year.