STEM & Aviation Organizations

Experimental Aircraft Association

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) was founded in 1953 by a group of individuals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who wanted to build their own airplanes. The EAA continues as a growing and diverse organization of members with a wide range of aviation interests and backgrounds. Today, EAA has more than 160,000 members who are join in the spirit of flight through a worldwide network of chapters and outreach programs. EAA promotes the passion of flight and highlights new flight technology in airplanes, jets, ultra-light aircraft, helicopters, concept aircraft and home-built experimental craft, in addition to modern general aviation aircraft.

  • EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – For one week each summer, EAA members and more than 500,000 aviation enthusiasts from over 60 countries come together at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to celebrate the past, present and future of flight. Dubbed the world’s greatest aviation celebration, AirVenture welcomes more than 10,000 aircraft to what becomes the busiest airport in the world. Activities during AirVenture include daily air shows, aerobatics and pyrotechnics, an opening day concert, fly-in theater, forums, workshops, demonstrations and more. Learn more
  • EAA Young Eagles – The EAA Young Eagles program, launched in 1992, gives interested young people, age 8 to 17, an opportunity to fly in a general aviation aircraft. More than 1.6 million Young Eagles have enjoyed flight through the program. Free for students, EAA Young Eagles is made possible by the generosity of EAA member volunteers. Learn more

Federal Aviation Administration 

The Federal Aviation Administration sponsors Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academies in 36 states. The summer camps are geared towards middle school and high school students who are interested in aviation and aerospace. For more information and to find a camp near you, click here.

National Flight Academy

The National Flight Academy is an offshoot of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation in Pensacola, Florida. The Academy promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) instruction through the study of aircraft and aviation. The program offers classes in aerodynamics, propulsion, navigation, communications, flight physics and meteorology. The program also seeks to instill teamwork, leadership and academic discipline. Learn more

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science, advance national health, prosperity and welfare, and secure the national defense. NSF funds approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by American colleges and universities. In many fields, including mathematics, computer science and social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing. Learn more

Smithsonian Institute National Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum houses the world’s largest collection of historic air and spacecraft. It also conducts vital research into the history, science and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science, terrestrial geology and geophysics. Learn more

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition

The STEM Education Coalition works to support STEM programs for teachers and students at the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and other agencies that offer STEM-related programs. Dedicated to ensuring quality STEM education at all levels, the STEM Education Coalition represents all sectors of the technological workforce – from knowledge workers, to educators, scientists, engineers and technicians. Learn more