Tuskegee Airmen Aviation and STEM Training (TAAST)
The goal of the Tuskegee Airmen Aviation and STEM Training (TAAST) Program is to excite and motivate our youth to learn about the aerospace industry. The TAAST program endeavors to instill, in children, an appreciation for the academic skills, moral character, proper conduct, dedication and discipline necessary to succeed. More importantly, we want them to discover that learning can be fun when done in the context of aviation.
TAAST offers comprehensive training in the various aviation disciplines. Our program targets students between the ninth and twelfth grade and, actual flight training is included. Students in the program explore the many career options available in aviation and aerospace. Classes are conducted in traditional classrooms, simulators and airplanes. Instructions will cover aviation history (including the role of African-Americans in aviation), introduction to aerodynamics, meteorology and navigation; flight simulator orientation, orientation flights with FAA certified flight instructors; interaction with professionals in the aviation industry; and field trips to aviation museums, military bases and Air Traffic Control Centers. To this point, all classroom materials, orientation flights, and field trip transportation are provided by TAAST through a grant from the Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
Through the partnership between ACTAI and Aviation Career Enrichment (ACE), ACTAI is capable of providing flow through opportunity to students who wish to continue their aviation experience upon completion of the summer program.