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Aerospace Education Excellence Program

AEX Certificate Template

Once you have received your certificates, click the above title in order to open a pdf that allows you to enter the recipient's name, commander's name, the name of the unit, and the date.  Always print a test page before actually using the official AEX certificate(s) provided by CAP!  Make adjustments as needed after printing the test page(s).   

The Civil Air Patrol is offering a very popular program free to its members that involves doing hands-on aviation and space-related activities with students.  It is called AEX, and the acronym stands for  “Aerospace Education EXcellence."

Participants receive full-color books that feature national standards-based aerospace hands-on activities.  The requirements are simple: complete six aerospace activities and one two-hour or longer field experience (space day, trip to the airport or museum, etc.) to earn a beautiful wooden instructor plaque plus color certificates for your students.  The activities are designed to fit into any curriculum. Schools' state-approved curriculum may replace or supplement the AEX activities created for this program. (Lesson plans for supplemental activities need to be attached to final reporting form.)  AEX program activities should take place from Oct. 1 - Sept. 30 each year.

All of the projects featured in AEX I (Volumes 1 and 2) (grades K-5) or AEX II (Volumes 1 and 2) (grades 6-12) are very “teacher-friendly” and involve readily available, low-cost materials.

To register:  Go to eServices at  Click on "AEX" in the right column under the heading "My Favorites."  Then, click "Apply for AEX" in the left column.  Registration is required for each year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) you choose to participate.

Once you have completed the program (which should not be later than Sept. 30), return to eServices and click "AEX."  Then click, "AEX Award Report."  You should submit your completion report at least 3 weeks prior to needing certificates

Adams State University in Colorado offers graduate credit to instructors who complete the AEX Program.  For details, send an email inquiry to the university's extended studies department at

E-mail questions to .

Correction in AEX I - Activity 13 - Goddard Rocket fin template and fin diagram.
Correction in AEX II Volume 2 - Activity 5 - Building the Space Shuttle -Space Shuttle template


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