Welcome to the AERO Institute®

AERO Institute® is a strategic partnership of Federal, State and Regional governments, commercial companies, academic institutions, and non-profits addressing our nation's need for technically skilled workforce and STEM education at all levels. You will find many links here that outline the opportunities we currently offer.

Education Supported Projects and/or Event(s):

EXCITEEXpanding Children's Interest Through Experiential Learning >> Click here for more information


LIFTS: Library Initiative For Teachers and Students -

Designed to provide a centralized location for community outreach in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) literature at cities’ local libraries.
- Provide teachers with curriculum resources for NASA STEM materials to use in the classroom.
- Provide students with NASA STEM education materials in order to enhance their understanding of these fields.
- Allow community members access to AERO Institute® resources through the local library.


Thursday Night on the Square

June 25, 2015 - August 13, 2015

NASA’s Armstrong’s Office of Education, AERO Institute® staff and volunteers will support the city of Palmdale's annual community event where the city will celebrate eight weeks of summer fun in Palmdale. Attendees will enjoy lively music, enticing food, free activities for kids, and an open-air market featuring specialty items. Also, the NASA Armstrong Aerospace Education Gallery will be open for the public and visitors will have the opportunity to experience various exhibits on display in the Gallery. An educational presentation and hands-on activities will be conducted in the Educator Resource Center, also located at the AERO Institute®. Teacher packs will be available to educators and handouts to the public giving them additional information on the hands on activity and the presentation they viewed.

Point of contact - Sondra Geddes at sondra.l.geddes@nasa.gov

>> Click here for more information and schedule of presentations


Programs for Educators and Students:

NASA AFRC Hosts Free Summer LEGO Robotics Workshops for Students at the AERO Institute®

PALMDALE – Free summer robotics workshops, sponsored by NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Office of Education and the AERO Institute®, will be held on three Wednesdays, July 8, July 15, and July 22, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the AERO Institute® located at 38256 Sierra Highway, Palmdale, CA. The workshops are free to all qualifying students on a first come, first serve basis. POC: Ivan Salazar, 661-276-7720 or email: ivan.r.salazar@nasa.gov


Got Robots? >> Click here for more information about Robotics at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center


Free, Self-Directed Online Course - Earth System Science

NASA is studying and learning more about earth science processes such as earthquakes through airborne research vehicles, particularly a specially modified Gulfstream III.  This free, self-directed course provides access to all educators to participate in the design of a NASA flight mission, which may eventually help scientists predict earthquakes and other earth system science processes... >> Learn More

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College Student Teams Design Mars Rovers


NASA Armstrong's education office hosted 41 students from California, Washington and Oregon in a team competition to design a rover for a mission to Mars.


Proving Prandtl -- with a Twist!


Two teams of summer interns, the 2012 and 2013 ARMD Aero Academies and with the help of the NASA Dryden Center Innovation Fund, set out to validate an old theory from Ludwig Prandtl. Their little flight research experiment proved much more than just an old theory, but opened the door to previously unknown performance potential for aircraft. 


Flying High with S.T.E.M.


Associate Administrator for Education, Leland Melvin recently visited the AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif., where he was updated on education outreach efforts at the Armstrong Flight Research Center. The Armstrong education team earned Melvin's praise, as did the Institute for its recent founding of the Palmdale Aerospace Academy, a school devoted to excellence in science, technology, engineering and math. Both the AERO Institute and its academy are operated by a consortium that includes NASA, the city of Palmdale, and its local school district.