AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium

November 6-7, 2017
American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum
Fort Worth, TX

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Now in it's third year, we've expanded the AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium to two full days! 

The AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium brings dedicated educators from around the nation for two full days of sharing insights, ideas, and best practices for starting and building aviation STEM programs.

The AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium is the ONLY high school event in the nation that specifically targets aviation and aerospace content.

The world will continue to need pilots, aerospace engineers, scientists, technologists, and technicians as we progress into the 21st century. Let’s work together to prepare students for success with 21st-century skills!


  • Speakers EXPERT SPEAKERSLearn from leading edge pioneers in aviation, STEM, and career and technical education communities
  • Sessions MORE BREAKOUT SESSIONSWith more than 15 sessions, customize your symposium experience for lasting impact
  • Time MORE TIME FOR YOUNumerous networking opportunities to talk with other passionate, mission-minded educators like you
  • TourIcon TOURSBehind-the-scenes tours of American Airlines and the Fort Worth Air Traffic Control Center
  • Explore EXPLORECheck out the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum featuring a rare Douglas DC-3 airliner

Why Attend?

Come learn from the experts in aviation education. Interest in aviation STEM education continues to grow every year. Last year’s participants told us they wanted more time to learn and connect. We listened! Join us for two full days of breakout sessions, industry tours, and networking opportunities you will not want to miss.

The AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium is your chance to get to know the leaders in the field. Our speakers come with a wealth of experience in multiple areas including education and the aviation industry. They will share lessons learned and provide fresh ideas to take back to your classrooms. We’ve added more time for breakout sessions that extend from just starting an aviation program all the way to building a flight training program.

The excitement about aviation education from participant’s at this symposium creates an energized atmosphere you’ll find nowhere else!


    Hear from leaders in the STEM and CTE education communities and the aviation industry.


    We’ll focus on topics such as integrating aviation into STEM classes, fostering partnerships, learning how to start an aviation program, and integrating AOPA's free aviation STEM curriculum into your school.

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    Great networking opportunities with fellow participants, including educators, administrators, university faculty, and industry leaders.


    This year’s symposium features a behind-the-scenes tour of American Airline’s world-class flight operations center and flight training facility. You'll also have the chance to tour the Forth Worth Air Traffic Control Center and learn about the technology that helps keep thousands of flights safe every day.


    Visitors to the C.R. Smith Museum are in for a real treat as they tour American Airlines history, with interactive exhibits and featuring a rare Douglas DC-3 airliner.

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*Agenda subject to change. Please check back often for session descriptions and speakers.

**American Airlines tours and Fort Worth ATC Center tours will be offered throughout the breakout sessions as well as after the symposium has concluded on Tuesday, November 7 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. 30 slots are available for each American Airlines tour. 20 slots are available for each Ft. Worth ATC Center Tour.

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Where to Stay

Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport South

4201 Reggis Court
Ft. Worth, TX 76155


Book Now

AOPA has reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn & Suites from November 4 to 8, 2017 at a group rate of $135 per night. Participants are responsible to book and pay for their own rooms. Make your reservation early to ensure the block rate.

The negotiated room rate will be available until October 22 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Complimentary hot breakfast offered daily.

Complimentary wireless Internet access in the lobby and all guestrooms.

The Dallas Cowboys will be playing at the AT&T Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 5 and the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Race Weekend in Fort Worth is Nov. 2 – 5. Be sure to secure your hotel room early as most of the hotels in the area will be sold out!


Registration Includes

  • Admission Two-Day AdmissionAdmission to the entire symposium and attendance to all education sessions, networking opportunities, an exclusive tour of American Airlines, and the C.R. Smith Museum.
  • Networking NetworkingJoin us on your first evening in Fort Worth to kick off the symposium! Mingle with colleagues and meet new people at our Monday evening reception, including cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres.
  • Breakfast MealsBreakfast and lunch are included on both days of the symposium!


    Through Sept. 30th

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    After Sept. 30th



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