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Ready for Take Off in 2024

We are excited to announce that ASK is gearing up for an amazing 2024! Join us at Pearson Field Education Center on December 16, 2023, for the FINAL Open Saturday of the year. You can also learn about programs at the event or sign up for our newsletter to receive updates! W(


Illuminate their Future: Fall Fundraiser is live!

Help us to engage historically underserved youth in the exciting world of aerospace. Click here to learn more about how you can get involved.

Update December 1, 2023

I am so happy to announce that the Oregon Department of Education has worked diligently to help us through an unexpected grant delay which impacted our programs. We have learned some lessons, gained some important knowledge, and are equipped to move forward with safeguards in place to prevent this from happening again. My sincere thank you to my amazing staff for their support and dedication.

Our team will spend December, as we always do, in planning and preparation for the upcoming year. 2023 gave ASK an opportunity to roll out new after school programs, clubs, in school programs, field trips and more. I believe the greatest contribution the ASK team made was in providing free summer camp (18 weeks total) for students in Hillsboro, Portland, and Vancouver. Over 300 students had the opportunity to sign up for our amazing camps, and learn about aviation with our incredible summer staff.

December 16 will be our last Free Open Saturday of 2023, at Pearson Field Education Center. We will be joined by some of our partners involved with Boeing Familia, Horizon, and more. There will be snacks, giveaways, activities and a chance to learn about upcoming programs (and get your student at the top of the registration list). Tickets are available at no charge by visiting eventbrite. Tickets are not required but help us make sure we have plenty of supplies on hand!

Thank you again for your patience with ASK and understanding during the past few weeks. I look forward to seeing you in 2024!

Blue skies & tailwinds,

Julia Cannell

Executive Director

We exist to make equity in Aerospace a science.

Airway Science for Kids, Inc. (ASK) is a nonprofit with a mission to remove barriers for children and youth who have been systematically excluded from STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education and careers.

ASK engages youth of color and youth who are living on low-incomes in unique opportunities to learn about STEAM through the exciting world of flight.

Who We Serve

ASK serves youth ages 10-21 in acquiring the fundamentals of aviation and aerodynamics as well as the applied mathematics and engineering that drive them. While open to all youth, ASK strives to increase STEAM exposure to low income and youth of color.

About ASK


Elementary School

Students use hands-on activities to learn about our six badge topics: Aeronautics, Commercial Space Travel, Living in the Solar System, Drones, and Robotics.

Open Saturdays

All Ages

Join us every Saturday from 10am-3pm in Vancouver, WA for hands-on learning and exploration on historic Pearson Field.


High School

Students work together to build a two-seat RV-12 aircraft under the guidance of a team of Mentors. This project requires a two year commitment.

After School Programs

All Levels

As part of our commitment to uplift and support our community, Airway Science for Kids is proud to offer free after school programming.

Summer Camps

All Levels

Join us this summer for an exciting new round of STEAM summer day camps for all ages. This year’s format focuses primarily on the principles of flight and accessibility for youth of all ages.


High School

Using our Explore Aerospace series topics, we provide an introduction to six core topics: Aeronautics, Airframe-Powerplant & Avionics, Solar System, Commercial Space Travel, Drones, and Robotics.

youth served in 2022
teens that have built planes
youth connected to industry partners in 2022


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