Aviation STEM Program

At Sphinx Academy, our students are offered the unique opportunity to enroll in AOPA's aviation STEM program. They may choose to take the first year only for a high school integrated science credit or they may choose to go through the comprehensive four-year aviation study program. The courses are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

AOPA’s aviation STEM curriculum is the first-of-its-kind, offering four-year aviation study options aligned with rigorous math and science standards used in many states nationwide. The program aims to provide students the skills they need to learn about aviation-related career and educational opportunities.

Program content is developed by qualified and experienced education and aviation consultants. They have written curriculum for NASA’s Astrophysics Science Division, the Walt Disney World Youth Experiences in Science Program, the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, and high school STEM programs.

AOPA is developing these courses as part of three career and technical education (CTE) pathways: pilot, unmanned aircraft systems (drones), and aerospace engineering.

According to a 2017 Boeing study, there’s an growing demand for aviation industry jobs, and it’s not slowing down. 637,000 commercial aircraft pilots; 648,000 technicians; and 839,000 cabin crew members are needed globally within the next 20 years.

Young Eagles Discovery Flight Field Trips

Each year Sphinx Academy takes interested students to the Cynthiana Harison County Airport to participate in the EAA Young Eagles Discovery Flight program. Every student has the opportunity to fly with a private pilot/instructor ~ they even get to take the controls if they want to!