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Blue Skies and Tailwinds

Join us on Friday, February 17 at 5:30 PM!  


We invite everyone to join us on February 17th for our Blue Skies and Tailwinds Celebration, an opportunity for our community to grow further and fly higher!

You'll have a chance to meet our staff, volunteers, and some Airway Science Alumni who are excited to show off the work they've completed in our programs. Additionally, you can hear inspirational stories, connect with industry leaders in STEAM, and learn more about current and upcoming offerings at various Airway Science Locations. Not to mention heavy apps, wine, and beer!

Ticket prices are set so this event is available to everyone, so please don’t let that get in the way of you and your family attending. If the cost still is restrictive for you, please reach out to

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All Airway Science after school programming will be temporarily suspended February 13th-18th.

In addition to no after school programming, this means no Open Saturday at the Hangar at Pearson Field on Saturday Feb 18th.

The final date for ACCESS will continue as scheduled.

Regular programming will resume February 20th.

Please reach out to with any questions


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. Founded as a nonprofit in 1992, 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. Our founder, Bob Strickland, was a leader in Portland’s African American community who saw aeronautics as a tool to capture the imaginations of youth at critical ages and transitions.

Today, ASK’s mission is to create equity through aviation STEAM education. We draw strength from our unique approach to closing the opportunity gap for historically underserved children in the fields of aeronautics and STEAM, from our strong base of community support, and from our culturally responsive board and staff.

ASK provides….

  • Programs to kids who typically don’t participate in STEAM education, such as kids of color, kids living on low-incomes, girls, and other kids who may face barriers; where all kids are welcome.

  • Age-appropriate programs at the elementary, middle-school, and high-school levels.

  • An opportunity for high school students to build a real plane.

  • Our curriculum and technical assistance to groups around the country and the world who are offering aviation STEAM education to kids.

ASK serves youth ages 10-21 in acquiring the fundamentals of aviation and aerodynamics and 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. 


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