Classroom Grants provide opportunities for teachers to supplement their lesson plans with hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities that actively engage students in creative and innovative projects, and often provides funding for programs that may have been cut from school budgets. The AIAA Foundation Classroom Grant program is one of the best resources that teachers turn to for activities assistance, and awards $250 grants to up to 40 teachers annually.
FIRST® LEGO® League Grant Program encourages and supports AIAA members who coach middle school students in STEM subjects. The Boeing Company has
generously provided funds for AIAA member-led teams participating in FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League. The FIRST® LEGO® Grant Program places a special emphasis on teams who have not yet participated in FIRST LEGO League
competitions. New teams can receive up to $500 to offset costs associated with FIRST LEGO League activities. Existing teams can receive up to $250 to offset costs associated with FIRST® LEGO® League Activities.
Generation STEM: Discovering Aerospace through Experience is a new and exciting STEM program filled with fun and interactive educational STEM experiences for middle school students. This program provides the opportunity to engage and stimulate students by offering interactive activities such as mini design competitions and challenges; demonstrations from various aerospace companies; learning more about aerospace careers; discovering aerospace findings that are impacting everyday life; and meeting scientists, engineers, researchers and astronauts who share the same passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, all with the hope of Advancing Aerospace.
Aerospace Micro-Lessons is a new program by the STEM K-12 Committee and provides easily digestible lessons focused on aerospace principles. Each lesson is broken down into grade levels and are meant to spark conversation and interest in aerospace. Lessons will range from engineering, to mathematics, to physics, to highlighting aerospace anniversaries -- all of which are presented easily to K-12 students.
College and University
Graduate Awards and Undergraduate Scholarships assist college students as they work to earn their aerospace degrees. Various scholarships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students, from $5,000 to $25,000.
Design Competitions ask students to solve real-world design problems. Our five annual design competitions give our best student designers a chance to put their talent front and center in the aerospace world.
Design/Build/Fly Competition is a balanced design competition, demonstrating good flight handling qualities, high vehicle performance, and practical and affordable manufacturing requirements. To encourage innovation and maintain a fresh design challenge for participants, design requirements and performance objectives are modified for each contest year.
Student Conferences provide undergraduate and graduate students with the chance to present research in a formal technical meeting atmosphere, to network with and receive feedback from respected industry professionals and students. The Foundation supports two types of student conferences each year: six Regional Student Conferences held throughout the United States, and one in Europe and one in Australia; and one International Student Conference.
Alexander R. Norris Space View Internship Program – Alexander “Al” Norris was an aerospace engineer, whose career spanned the ups and downs and the extraordinary evolution and growth of the aerospace industry in the 20th century. His career started prior to World War II as an aircraft design engineer and continued into the space age. He worked for storied names like McDonnell Douglas and Grumman Aircraft. He contributed to Navy development programs to design aircraft compatible for extreme polar environments. In Gibraltar and North Africa he helped reconstruct aircraft wreckage. His work in the Navy earned him the U.S. Navy’s second highest civilian award for his expertise. His career and achievements culminated in work on the hatch and landing gear design of the Lunar Excursion Module. In August 2013 Laurie B. Norris, the daughter of the late Alexander R. Norris, contacted AIAA to propose a directed gift to the AIAA Foundation to fund two internships over the next 5 years to honor her father, establishing the Alexander R. Norris Space View Internship. Laurie felt AIAA and AIAA Foundation were a natural fit for to honor her father and his career in aerospace and to help a new generation of engineers. Without their generosity this program would not be possible.