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 About Airway Science For Kids 

Our Organization

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 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 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (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 8-18 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. 

Our Mission

Airway Science for Kids creates equity through aviation STEAM* education.

* Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math

Equity Definition
“Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful. Equality is treating everyone the same. Equality aims to promote fairness, but it can only work if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same help.” (Source: Everyday Feminism Magazine)

Key Strategies / We offer…

  • 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.
     

Values

  • Teamwork: Accomplish our work together, each offering something different. Balance expertise with inclusion.

  • Fun: Fun is our essential fuel. If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing. Be lighthearted and positive.

  • Leadership: Listen to others, look for strengths, and facilitate contribution. Be self-reflective.

  • Innovation: On the cutting edge, failure is our friend. Be curious and take risks. We determine success.

  • Trust: Act according to values. Do what you say you’re going to do. Build relationships that respect differences.

  • Continuous improvement: Challenge assumptions. Ask what could be better. Let people learn from their actions.

  • Equity: Open career trajectories that allow the future to reflect the diversity of our people. Work effectively
    cross-culturally. Take responsibility for our impact.

  • Discipline. Strive for excellence. Manage the details. Remember that the main thing is the main thing.
     

Programs Include:

TakeFlight – Offered to elementary school children to provide positive STEAM experiences to motivate young children to persist in STEAM and Aerospace related activities and classes.
InFlight – This program for middle and high school ages provides advanced lessons utilizing

engineering design processes.
TeenFlight™ – This exciting program for high school age provides hands on project based learning with high expectations and rigorous schedule as the students build an actual aircraft.
ACCESS – a program designed to reconnect young people (ages 14 – 21) with education, training, and support services. Our goal is to assist students in completing their high school studies while helping them explore Aerospace Industry career pathways and post-secondary options.

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Volunteer

Interested in volunteering with us?

Follow the link below; join us in our mission for  greater equity in STEAM education!