Schools now may apply to use the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) 9th- or 10th-grade aviation STEM courses during the 2019-2020 school year. Both of the career pathways – pilot and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – will help students build career-ready skills while they learn more about opportunities in aviation.
The 9th-grade course serves as an introduction for either pathway and is not a prerequisite for 10th-grade courses. The 10th-grade course is shared by the pilot and UAS pathway and provides content covered in private pilot and remote pilot knowledge tests, as well as deep dives into important aviation concepts.
The curriculum and supporting materials will be provided to schools at no cost. Schools must apply to use the curriculum and agree to provide essential data to help AOPA track the program’s effectiveness. Participating teachers will be required to take part in a three-day professional development workshop. The 9th-grade workshop will be April 26-28, and the 10th-grade workshop is set for June 7-9. Participants may attend either in person at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Md., or virtually.