The AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium is a one-of-a-kind STEM event completely focused on high school aviation education for high school educators and administrators.

Join hundreds of your colleagues to share insights, ideas, and best practices for incorporating aviation STEM programs into secondary education. The symposium includes breakout sessions, an exhibit area, networking opportunities, and plenty of learning from which you can benefit.


Thanks to everyone that put their time into putting this on. I am BRAND new to the aviation world and felt so welcomed and included. It inspired me to jump right in, learn more and launch a class in my school.
Overall, I thought the event was great! You can tell there was a lot of thought that went into it and I gained a lot of knowledge, so thank you so much!
Thank you all for putting this event on - I can't wait for next year, it's already on my calendar!
I feel that the symposium provided a wealth of information for districts that are exploring their option with regard to aviation education. Absolutely plan on attending next year.

Keynote Speakers Announced!

  • Gwynne Shotwell

    President & COO

    As President and COO of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell is responsible for day-to-day operations and for managing all customer and strategic relations. She joined SpaceX in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development and built the Falcon vehicle family manifest to more than 70 launches, representing more than $10 billion in business. Shotwell is a member of the SpaceX Board of Directors.

    Prior to joining SpaceX, Shotwell spent more than 10 years at the Aerospace Corporation, holding positions in Space Systems Engineering & Technology and Project Management. Shotwell was subsequently recruited to be Director of Microcosm’s Space Systems Division, managing space system technologies, serving on the executive committee and directing corporate business development.

  • Captain Houston Mills

    UPS Global Aviation Strategy & Public Policy Director

    As Global Aviation Strategy & Public Policy Director for UPS, Houston is responsible for aggregating all aviation strategy issues under one umbrella. He also advocates for federal aviation policy and collaborates with domestic and international industry groups to harmonize aviation safety standards and sustainability rules. Previously, he served as UPS’s director of airline safety and compliance.

    Under his leadership, UPS became one of the first U.S. airlines to have a certified Safety Management System (SMS). He also served as the UPS International Chief Pilot. Houston began his aviation career in 1985 as a Marine Corps officer and F/A-18 fighter pilot, serving in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Restore Hope and Southern Watch.

  • 2018 Symposium Topics


    We're working hard on our symposium session topics for 2018. Here's just a sample of what we have in store for you:

    • Incorporating AOPA’s free aviation STEM curriculum
    • Creating dual credit college/university partnerships
    • Integrating drones in a STEM class
    • Taking an established aviation program to the next level
    • Connecting with your local aviation community
    • Becoming an aviation ground instructor

    Keep checking back for more information!

The 2018 High School Aviation STEM Symposium will feature two days of presentations, workshops, speakers, exhibits, and networking to help your school launch or grow an aviation STEM program.

As a feature of this year’s symposium, attendees will have the opportunity to tour UPS’s Flight Training Facility on Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening, or Monday evening or UPS’s Worldport hub on Monday evening.

Space is limited, and registration will open in May. Check back for the complete symposium program and additional information to help you plan your stay.