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Air Force Association, Robert H. Goddard, Chapter 266


   Support to aerospace education, especially as it relates to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), is a primary objective of AFA and is embedded in AFA's mission statement. We believe it's a national imperative to reverse the decline in America's global scholastic standing by providing the means, tools, and encouragement to students and their teachers/school administrators for growth in critical, high-technology skills areas. AFA and the Goddard Chapter provide support to aerospace education in the following ways:


Every year the chapter awards 3 scholarships to graduating high school students:
   One (1) $1,000
   Two (2) $500 scholarships.
The three scholarship recipients will also receive an eMembership to the Air Force Association. The top applicant will compete for an additional $1,000 scholarship at the state-level.
NOTE: Scholarships will be sent directly to the college/university the recipient will attend

Every year the chapter awards 2 Teacher of the Year grants:
Each applicant will be competing for the following grants and will receive an eMembership to the Air Force Association.
At the Chapter-level:
   One (1) $500 grant for a teacher in grades K through 8.
   One (1) $500 grant for a teacher in grades 9 through 12.

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Twice a year the chapter awards up to 3 Pitsenbarger Awards to Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) graduates
   The CCAF was established on April 1, 1972, as a means to enhance the skills of Air Force enlisted personnel as technicians, leaders, and citizens, and became a degree-conferring college in 1977. Since that time, CCAF has awarded more than 335,000 Associate in Applied Science degrees. Its mission is to offer and award job-related associate in applied science degrees and other academic credentials that enhance mission readiness, contribute to recruiting, assist in retention and support the career transitions of Air Force enlisted members. AFA Pitsenbarger Awards provide a one-time grant of $400 to selected top USAF enlisted personnel graduating from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The grants coincide with the CCAF graduation ceremonies held each Spring and Fall. The Goddard Chapter provides an additional $100 to Pitsenbarger Award winners.
   The award is named for William H. Pitsenbarger, an Airman First Class who gave his life in Vietnam saving others. For his heroism, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. AFA's Pitsenbarger Awards are based on distinguished activity encompassing leadership, teamwork, citizenship, community service, dedication, personal development and academic achievement, along with a Commander's endorsement. Top Air Force enlisted personnel graduating from the Community College of the Air Force in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree are eligible for the award. Students wishing to apply should contact their base education office to learn about application deadlines and procedures.


   CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Washington, DC for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.

Lompoc High School Space, Technology, and Robotics Systems (STaRS) Academy
   The focus of Lompoc High School's STaRS Academy is pre-engineering, applied specifically to the aerospace industry. Students participate in an integrated core curriculum of English, Math, and Science, plus a technology elective. In 10th grade, students learn the process for making a new product and are introduced to computer-aided machining in Engineering 1: Design. In 11th grade, students take Engineering 2: Electronics and Robotics. They learn about electronic components, digital logic, and programming, while designing and building their own robots. Finally, in the 12th grade, students learn more about manufacturing and solve real problems provided by business partners while taking ROP Advanced Drafting/Manufacturing. The program includes many activities outside the classroom, including regular group meetings with mentors and field trips. The Goddard Chapter provides financial support to the Program with donations totaling $750 in CY 2011. Additionally, many STaRS mentors are also AFA members.

Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) "Teachers Network"
   SBCEO's Teachers Network, a school-business partnership, recognizes and shares creative teaching ideas developed and used successfully by Santa Barbara County's public school teachers with students in grades K-12 in all subject areas. Teachers may apply for various grants ranging from $250 to $1,000. The Goddard Chapter provided $500 to support the technology-based grants.

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