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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the government agency responsible for overseeing air transportation in the United States. The FAA focuses on air transportation safety, including the enforcement of safety standards for aircraft manufacturing, operation, and maintenance.

The FAA Aviation Safety (AVS) STEM Career Symposium is designed to educate students about STEM/aviation-related career opportunities and encourage them to enter into these type of fields when considering their own career in the future.

The AVS STEM Career Symposium will include multiple guest speakers, interactive visual presentations, STEM engagement activities and opportunities for students to talk with aviation professionals. Participating students will learn about exciting careers such as aviation safety inspectors, aerospace engineers, medical officers, pilots, air traffic controllers, and mathematicians.



Calling all Gamers! Airport Design Challenge overview presented by the FAA STEM Aviation and Space Education Program Team.

Do you like playing video games? Are you a master of Minecraft? Learn how you can take your gaming skills and apply them to various aviation, engineering, and artistic concepts by competing in the FAA Airport Design Challenge! During this session, the FAA STEM Aviation and Space Education team will discuss how students can design virtual airports in Minecraft based on guidance from FAA aerospace and engineering experts!


Giving Wings to Dreams by Dr. Tammera L. Holmes, Founder and CEO of the AeroStar Avian Institute.

Join Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Dr. Tam as she shares lifelong inspiration and mentoring tips for future Aviators. She is an international speaker and global aviation education and workforce strategist, with her work impacting more than 16,000 youth and young adults worldwide. In 2008, Holmes launched AeroStar Consulting Corporation to begin opening doors for youth in a career field that for most is still very foreign. In 2016, she established the AeroStar Avion Institute NFP to promote career pathways in aviation and aerospace education. Her passion is to get more African Americans, females and other undeserved and underrepresented populations interested in Aviation STEM careers.
Her AeroStars programs are literally giving "Wings to Dreams.

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Introduction - Human Factors of Air Traffic by Prommi-Mommi Foundation.

Get to know the Prommi-Mommi Foundation. Explore Human Factors in Aviation with our team and how different factors impact your day-to-day performance! Take a trip with a couple of other aviators as they educate you on their roles and experiences. Lastly, become a Human Factors Analysts and put your skills to the test. Let's Go!

12:45PM -1:lSPM

How Human Factors Research Contributes to Safety by Dr. Chanda Sanders.

The mission of the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) is to assure civil aerospace safety through excellence in medical certification, research and education programs. Researchers at CAMI use the scientific method to ask safety-related questions and explore answers that ensure the FAA manages the safest national airspace in the world. Pilots and air traffic controllers are recognized for their vital roles in aviation safety as they fly and direct planes respectively to their destinations; however, many are unfamiliar with the contribution of human factors research as an integral piece of the flight safety puzzle from when a plane leaves the jet bridge until it is parked at its destination.

1:30PM - 2:00PM

Oversight Insight: A Candid Conversation on Avenues into Aviation by LaDonna Stanley, Barrington Goldson, Mikosha Phoenix, Te'Var Malone, MarQuisia Whorley, Cherise Ojo, Jonathan Gray.

Join us for a candid conversation on safety oversight of the National Airspace System. You will hear panelists share candid experiences on their pathways into aviation and safety oversight.

2:15PM - 2:45PM

Inspiring and Supporting Aviation by Gwen Mathis and the Academy of Model Aeronautics Education Department.

The Academy of Model Aeronautics is a community of model aircraft enthusiasts who come together to promote growth and participation within the hobby. We love flight and believe that a great way to nurture an interest in aviation is to start with model aircraft. Join us to learn about the history of the AMA and to explore the educational resources we provide to foster enthusiasm within our favorite hobby.


Aviation STEM Trivia Game by Dara Gibson.

Join us won't you? Challenge yourself and learn new and exciting facts about aviation! Our "Aircraft Certification STEM Trivia" will test your knowledge of aircraft and aircraft certification.

On Demand

We are Aviation Safety

FAA's Aviation Safety Organization is comprised of some of the most dedicated professionals in the aerospace industry. Learn more about these public servants who keep our skies the safest in the world.

On Demand

Airport Surface Anomaly Investigation Capability (ASAJC) by Dereck Wilson

Airport Surface Anomaly Investigation Capability (ASAIC) - ASAIC is our airport surface and terminal area replay tool for monitoring safety and reviewing safety-related events. It shows movement of aircraft, represented by scaled 3D models, and vehicles on or near the airport surface using a geospatial map of the airport. Learn more about how this tool is used by FAA Accident Investigators to review candidate safety events.

Please be sure to visit all of our booths to learn about various programs and careers offered in STEM/ Aviation. Receive points for chatting with experts!

Aerospace Medicine

Visit us to learn more about the exciting work performed by doctors in Aerospace Medicine. Also, take a virtual tour of our Civil Aerospace Medical Institute.

Aircraft Certification

Have you ever wondered what it takes to show how a heavier-than-air machine can safely fly? Enter our booth and learn about the science and engineering that our dedicated team of Aircraft Certification Engineers and Scientists apply each day. The variety of science and engineering applied by the team ensure the travelling public can safely fly on all types of aircraft. Come learn how fun a science and engineering career can be!

Air Traffic Safety Oversight

Visit us to get a walkthrough of how Air Traffic Safety Oversight interacts with and oversees the Air Traffic Organization. We have teacher worksheets for STEM projects as well!

Quality, Integration, & Executive Service

Did you know adults and aviation professionals have report cards and an allowance too? Visit us to learn how we use math, science, problem solving and leadership to keep aviation safe. We also have fun virtual learning packets and engineering assessments that students can practice at school or home!


The FAA's Office of Rulemaking helps write regulations based on STEM related subjects. Visit us to learn about the importance of rulemaking and how we keep everyone safe, those flying in the air and those on the ground.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office

What's that in the air? It's a drone! Drones are becoming an increasingly important tool in our world. Stop by our booth to find out more about what the future of drones will look like and learn how you can get involved!

Accident Investigation & Prevention

The Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention is the FAA and industry leader in safety investigation, analysis and information sharing. In addition to investigating aviation accidents and learning lessons from them, we collect and analyze safety data and information, and work in partnership with the aviation industry to prevent aviation accidents. Visit us to see how one of our tools, the ASSAIC accident/incident replay tool, is used to visualize accidents and incidents in near-real time.

Flight Standards Service

Visit us to learn about our Flight Standards Service, from cabin and runway safety, to the jobs performed by Aviation Safety Inspectors.

FAA College Career Center

There are many ways to get your professional life off the ground at FAA, and you don't have to have years of flying or aviation experience to do it. We offer various entry-level careers, training and development programs, as well as internship opportunities for students and college graduates. Visit us to learn more about various careers in aviation and student programs offered by the FAA.

Air Traffic Organization

Visit us for a showcase of the exciting opportunities available in the Air Traffic Organization. We are a diverse workforce comprised of Air Traffic Controllers, Airway Transportation Support Specialists, Engineers, and Support Staff to keep the National Airspace System operational.

Office of Civil Rights Diversity Equity, & Inclusion

Visit us to learn more about the FAA's Diversity and Inclusion, Federal Women's, Hispanic Employment, Black Employment, and Disability Programs. We'll also share information about on-the-spot hiring, Aviation Development Program, and National Employee Forum.

Federal Highway Administration

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that supports State and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the Nation's highway system (Federal Aid Highway Program) and various federally and tribal owned lands (Federal Lands Highway Program). Visit the FHWA booth to learn about our diverse career and internship opportunities in STEM.

Technical Women’s Organization

Visit the Technical Women's Organization (TWO), to learn how to provide support, increase awareness, promote understanding, and create a climate of advancement for technical professionals supporting aviation safety. Hear how we support increasing the number of qualified women in technical careers and to maximize the contribution of technical women in the aviation industry.

Academy of Model Aeronautics

Learn more about Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) with the Academy of Model Aeronautics, a world-class association of modelers organized for the purpose of promotion, development, education, advancement, and safeguarding of modeling activities. Finding a career in aviation starts with an understanding of it, and what better place to start than model aircraft? From Free Flight to advanced turbine jet aircraft, our members know a thing or two about aviation; in fact, we've been around as an organization since 1936. Check out some of the Academy of Model Aeronautics' free resources and learn how to find a club in your area to get involved in a great hobby, competition outlet, or aviation career involving uncrewed aircraft!

Air Line Pilots Association International

Do you want to become an airline pilot? Visit us to learn more. The Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA) represents and advocates for more than 75,000 pilots at 43 U.S. and Canadian airlines, making it the world's largest airline pilot union. ALPA provides three critical services to its members: airline safety, security, and pilot assistance; representation; and advocacy. Through its Education Committee, ALPA promotes the piloting profession and mentors aspiring aviators who are preparing for the airline industry.


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