To create equity through aviation STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) education.

Drawing strength from our growing community, we work together to close the opportunity gap for historically underserved youth – particulary in Aviation and STEAM related fields.



Airway Sciences for Kids was founded as a non-profit in 1992 by retired Air Force engineer Bob Strickland. After 22 years in the Air Force and 13 years as an auditor with the state of Texas, and still in his 50s, he decided that spending the rest of his life golfing and fishing was not for him. Bob assigned himself a mission: Fill in the gaps in learning for kids who needed help. He sketched out his plan. It was a simple vision, really: teach at-risk boys and girls to fly airplanes via computer simulator, thus tricking them into learning math and science, reading and study skills. Bob was the founder, executive director, and the primary fundraiser for the program from its founding in 1992 until he passed away in 2008. In 1999 Bob received one of the first Tiger Woods Foundation’s “Sharing and Caring Awards” for his service and commitment to his community.

Hank C. Miggins served on our original Board of Directors, he was an iconic figure who touched many lives. His legacy continues to inspire and motivate us in this ongoing, important work.

Bob Strickland

Hank C. Miggins