Aerospace Training Center

The Aerospace Training Center, or ATC,  is located at 3710 N Mississippi Ave in the former Albina Youth Opportunity School. Flight simulators, a 3D printer setup, and drone obstacle courses are a few of the exciting new developments at our new HQ.

A continued mission of STEAM opportunity for youth and Aviation outreach for the broader community have bloomed with colorful murals and a growing collection of equipment and resources. The ATC will be offering more and more onsite programming in the months ahead. Our series of Summer Day Camps are now open for enrollment, as well as onsite components of our ACCESS, TakeFlight, InFlight, and TeenFlight programs  Please contact us with any questions, and sign up for our mailing list!



Elementary School

Elementary age students use hands-on activities to learn about our six badge topics. How can you participate?


  • Students at our partner sites and schools in Portland receive a Badge in a Box that holds all the supplies they need to complete each badge, along with the handouts they follow and access to online instructors to guide them through activities.

  • Everyone can participate virtually! Follow this link to the Badge in a Box page and you’ll find supply lists, pdfs of handouts (and an instructor guide for advanced learning) and the videos of our instructors guiding you through each badge. When students complete badges they receive access to additional programs so they can continue to Explore Aerospace. We are still updating this page, so continue to check back for more resources! 


Students 14-21 Years Old

(Aerospace College and Career Exploration and Selection System)  How can you participate?

  • Interested in joining our fall 2021 cohort? You can see if you are eligible by answering a few questions here.
  • What can you look forward to?

    • As of January 2021 the program is available to 14-21 year olds in Washington, Multnomah and Marion Counties in Oregon. Our goal is to assist students in completing their high school studies while helping them explore Aerospace industry career pathways and post-secondary options. We continue Kerbal based learning with more advanced lessons and opportunities to participate in project-based learning with activities like rebuilding a R985 aircraft engine at our Portland location.


Middle School

This program for middle school students and instead of kits with activities, we use Kerbal Space Program, simulators and other build projects to Explore Aerospace. How can you participate?

  • Next program start date is TBA due to COVID-19. Email us at to get put on a waitlist.

  • What can you look forward to?

    • Launch your curiosity about space missions with Kerbal Space Program, where you’ll learn about the principles of space travel and experiment with building your own mission and craft. Or try your hand at Robotics in the VEX IQ Challenge, teams of students design and build a robot to participate in a wide variety of live and virtual game-based engineering challenges. Interested in Electric Aircraft? Then the EPIC Challenge is for you! In the Electric Propulsion Innovation Challenge (EPIC), a team of middle school students design, build and fly an aircraft that will successfully carry out a specific task.

TeenFlight Plane Build

High School

This program provides hands-on project based learning with high expectations and a rigorous schedule as the students build an actual RV-12 aircraft under the guidance of a team of Mentors. How can you participate?

  • This program is for youth in the Hillsboro, OR area and our next start date TBD due to COVID. Email us at info@airwayscience for information on eligibility, and to get put on a waitlist.

  • We haven’t figured out how to build a plane virtually, so for now this is strictly site based.