The AOPA Foundation’s High School initiative was designed to rebuild the pilot population and the aviation industry from the ground up. By providing high-quality STEM-based aviation education to high school students nationwide, AOPA is opening the door to aviation careers for thousands of teens. The courses are designed to capture the imagination and give students from diverse backgrounds the tools to pursue advanced education and careers in aviation fields.
Working with professional instructional designers, The AOPA Foundation is offering a four-year high school aviation STEM program that falls along two tracks—pilot and unmanned aircraft systems or drones. The program conforms to math and science standards and, in keeping with career and technical education best practices, will lead to a certification or industry-accepted test, such as the FAA Private Pilot knowledge test or a Part 107 drone pilot certification.