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A list of AE activities for reporting purposes.
After Action

​Demonstrated two different R/C aircraft. Different modes of operation and glide cpabilities


​Overseen by SM Stephenson


​Taught by Chaplain Vance. Reminded cadets of the rules and safe practices associated with O-rides


​C/Stephenson presented first of 3 of Rocketry program

​Need to spend more time to ensure proper information is covered, outline needs to be turned in earlier.


C/MSgt G. Stein demonstrated riveting; C/MSgt C. Stein provided instruction and  oversaw the flight simulator.  Cadets assisted with helping kids out to aircraft and back.  Provided information about the CAP program (C Stephenson)

​20 young eagles were given the opportunity to fly our similator.  They were also introduced to our CAP program.  7am-12:30pm at the Placerville Airport.


​Scheduled Powered O-Rides for October 11 and Nov 1; both were canceled due to missions.


​Lt K. Stein presented PPT on Wingrunner, to encourage more to take the test.

​Went well, should do this 1x a year.  It's a good review for those that already have it too (do before a Glider O-Ride)


​Cadet Appeal and Stein assisted with a presentation on piston and jet engine components and operation.  Videos were used, piston parts for display, Stein walked cadets through a ID of piston engine parts.  Appel hosted Jepardy.

​Well received, many different methods of introducing inforamation. 


​General Aviation Presentation


​General aviation topics


C/Appel presented PPT on basics of flight.  Activity included balsa plane races. RC stem kit activity, planes raced each other around center point. Cadets work on aerodynamics to improve flight.

use balsa ac with landing gear/wheels.  Need one hour for the races to give each cadet team time to really make a difference in the aerodynamics.


​Activity 3 stations: paper plate glider, balsa glider, straw/ring glider

Cadets built all three and competed for distance, working on aerodynamics of their gliders

​fun activity


​School vist to talk about Aviation careers.

Teacher: Ryan North

School: Toby Johnson MS, Elk Grove

Talked to teacher about the AEM program and left information with him about AEM.


​Dan Stein presented a basic rocketry class to the Jackson / Amador 4-H.  Simple lecture provided, then went out side to do fizzy rockets and measured rocket height using the sighting gun and air "stomp rockets".


​History of NASA missions and current NASA events.

Used the "Moon mission" activity


​Went to the Folsom Lake College Observatory. Looked through the telescope.

​We got lucky on this one. We went the Thursday after the Daylight savings time change. It got dark just early enough to seesomething. We used the firts hour for flight time and drill tests.

Make sure you pick a day before the time change (Dec, Jan, or Feb)


​This was learned at the AEO workshopin Evereet,WA in Aug 2014. The cadets were given a fact sheet on the planet and had to create a creature that could live on the planet. They then presented to the Squadronwhat they creature was andit's defenses and capabilites for dealing with the planets environment. Cadets had pipe cleaners, hot glue guns, and a variety ofother materialsto dress up thier creature. O

Oneor two groups chose to draw thier creature. Many cadets enjoyed this. This activity gave public speaking opportunities to the cadets. The time to build and present was about an hour and a half.​


​Used legos, syringes and tubing to build a robotic arm.

The cadets really enjoyed this one as well. The pictures to guide the cadets were a little off in that the same parts in the picture were not what the cadets had. So they had to improvise. Having a working model helped them but they still had to improvise since not everyone had the same parts. Finding the Lego parts ​was difficult. I had to order from Denmark. I bought plenty of extra so that getting more parts should bea problem.


​Used snap circuits and presentations to teach basic circuits. Focused on the difference between parallell andseries circuits. Stressed theconcept of electricity needing to follow a closed path to ground. Also taught the concept of a short circuit as this could cause a problem when they built a circuit.

​The cadets really enjoyed this one. They enjoyed puttingtogether circuits and went offon their own. This needed to be monitored to watchout for a short circuit.


​Used flight sims to fly fighters. The purpose was to examine how fighter aircraft flight controls are different or similiar to general aviation air craft.

​The cadets enjoyed the high performance aircraft and could identify different capabilities and why they were possible.


​Senior member presented the attached file on romobotic basics. A couple of slides were added to discuss basic electrical circuits. 

Used two Snap circuit kits for cadets to practice series and parallel circuits.  Senior member managed this activity since there weren't enough Aero team cadets.

Had two robotic arms for cadets to perform an activity with. The Aero team created a game where a maze was drawn (by hand) on paper. The cadet then had to move the arm which had a pen in the clamp to draw a path through the maze. 

​The snap circuit boards used different voltages, Therefore, a bulb was burned when used on the board with a higher voltage.  

The cadets need to be reminded to not randomly create a circuit. This may damage the diodes. The snap circuit system is relatively hardy but items can be damages. Some additional instruction to advise the cadets to follow diagrams in the snap cicuit books would be good.

A permanent marker pen was used for the maze. The pen bleed through. We were able to clean up the marks. The aero team cadets had a good handle on this as they had practiced a week or two before the meeting.


​Buit second robot and team developed games with the robot.


​Built the first robot. Went through snap circuits


​Second launch activity at Beals point.


​Launched rockets at Folsom lake Beals point.

$8 for the three rockets for the badge.
$2 for each additional mini rocket.

$3 for any engine larger than a mini

​Saturn lecture


​Second ground school and flight sim.. Used advanced maneuvers. Steep turns while maintaining altitude.


​First Aero team (sim STEM kit). Went through first ground school presentation. Set up flight sims to perform basic maneuvers.

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