Do you live in Portland, Hillsboro or North Marion County in Oregon? If so, you might be able to join our programs in person! If not, please check out our online activities and sign up for our newsletter below so we can notify you when new programs are available.
Learn about 6 core aerospace topics:
- Aeronautics (Flying related careers)
- Airframe & Powerplants (Aircraft related careers)
- Solar System Exploration
- Space Travel
Our explorations are structured by grade for elementary, middle and high school (14–21-year-olds). Take a look at the descriptions below.
Please answer a few questions to help us match you up with our programs
Students use hands-on activities to learn about our six badge topics. How can you participate?
Students at our partner sites 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. To see if you qualify for the program, please take our eligibility questionnaire at the top of this page.
Everyone can participate virtually! Follow this link (coming soon) 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.
Students 14-21 Years Old
(Aerospace College and Career Exploration and Selection System) How can you participate?
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. You can see if you are eligible by answering a few questions here.
We do not currently have a virtual option, but stay tuned!
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?
Currently available at our building in Portland we learn about aviation through hands-on explorations and experience flight with X Plane Flight Simulators.
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.
So if you are in Portland, follow this link to see if you qualify for our programs.
TeenFlight Plane Build
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. Sign up for our newsletter below for updates on TeenFlight registration. When the application process begins, you will be invited to fill out an application, participate in an interview process, and if selected you will be notified when the program restarts.
We haven’t figured out how to build a plane virtually, so for now this is strictly site based.