Scorpion Robotics is a Robotics Program currently in its second year at Desert Jr/ Sr High School. Scorpion Robotics is comprised of two competition teams (7227 and 9074) that compete in the nationally recognized FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). Scorpion Robotics was founded based on the Air Force Core Values: Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do; as well as the FIRST ethos: Gracious Professionalism, and Coopertition.
THEMA (Tehachapi High Engineering and Manufacturing Academy) is a four-year program (grades 9 through 12) that helps high school students explore innovations in science, engineering, communication, and technology, prepare for college, technical school, and career pursuits in the areas of engineering, design, and manufacturing.
The Palmdale Aerospace Academy prepares its graduates for college and careers in the 21st century, aligned with workforce needs in the local area and beyond. The educational program emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and views academics through the lens of aerospace. Challenging projects, hands-on activities and collaborative learning engage student interest to maximize learning potential.
The Antelope Valley Astronomy Club, Inc. (AVAC) was founded in 1982, and incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in 1999, to bring the beauty of the night sky to the families of the Antelope Valley.
The Antelope Valley is home to one of the largest density concentrations of STEM related workers in the nation. The local major aerospace contractors (Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman), the federal research labs in Edwards Air Force Base and China Lake, along with the private aerospace industry housed in the Mojave airport, are constantly recruiting local STEM talent offering high starting salaries and competitive benefits.
California State University Long Beach, College of Engineering offers degree completion programs for transfer students seeking either a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering. Classes are held at the Lancaster University Center, 45356 Division St. Lancaster CA 93535. We also host Master of Science degree programs in Aerospace or Electrical Engineering offered by Cal Poly Pomona.
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Washington, DC for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.
The Discovery School STEM Academy, a 6th-8th grade program of choice in the Lancaster School District, offers all students two electives. In the nine courses of PLTW Gateway, students learn about the variety of engineering careers, fly rockets, design and program robots, build small solar cars, create Rube Goldberg machines, draw 3D computer models which they can then print on the school's 3D printer, and study the basics of computer programming, among other activities.
For more information or to schedule a STEM visit, contact the 412th Test Wing STEM Center:
Helida Haro Vanhoy,
412th STEM coordinator
402 W. Forbes Avenue, Bldg. 6696, Edwards AFB, CA 93524