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Aviation Education

Fly Minnesota!

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Those who choose professional careers in aviation can look forward to working with the latest state-of-the-art technology. They can also look forward to a lifetime of knowing that their careful work makes flying safe for everyone.

Aviation Education Events

2016 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest

This year theme is "air sports in harmony with nature". All children (entrants) must be residents of Minnesota. Entries eligibility is for children between the ages of 6-17 by December 31, 2015 The format required is on 11 by 17 inch paper and artwork must NOT be framed or outlined with border. Deadline for entry is January 22, 2016.

Aviation Career Education (ACE) Camp

Each summer the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Office of Aeronautics (AERO) co-sponsor the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Camp. ACE Camp is open to Minnesota students who will be entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. ACE Camp allows students to explore a wide variety of aviation careers, and all aspects of the aviation, and the aerospace industries through tours and hands-on projects. Campers are also given the opportunity to fly in a helicopter, pilot a single-engine aircraft, and take the controls of a glider.

Summer Aerospace Workshop for Teachers
June 20-23, 2016

This free workshop is a great opportunity for teachers to learn more about the aerospace industry and how to teach students about aviation. Space is limited to 20 teachers, so download the brochure(PDF 572 KB) and register now!


The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), office of Aeronautics has a program for airports and their communities called Adopt-An-Airport. Any public-use airport in Minnesota is eligible to participate in the program

Fly Minnesota Passport Program

Fly Minnesota Airports is a program sponsored by MnDOT Aeronautics and the Minnesota of Airports (MCOA) to promote general aviation in Minnesota.


Career Presentations

Tailored to meet the needs of many different age groups and organizations, these presentations focus on a broad spectrum of aviation careers and the skills needed to be successful.

Classroom Presentations

The AVED staff offers three areas of classroom presentations to students from preschool age through high school. We would be happy to set up a time to visit!

Elementary Aviation Presentations

Presentations are centered around preschool — grade 6. Included are many hands-on activities that incorporate art, writing, reading, math, and science and involve all aspects of aviation.

History and Principles of Flight Presentations

Students in grades 4–12, this presentation takes students through the inception of flight to the space exploration of today. Students' use of math, geography, history, science, and listening skills are incorporated.

Professional Development

Transportation Education Academy (TEA)

The Transportation Education Academy (TEA) was created to develop transportation curricula for primary, middle, and high school classrooms. There is a need for educational systems to incorporate a broad understanding of all transportation systems into the classroom. The goal of the academy is to create curricula that will result in transportation literate students who understand the technological, political, economic, social, and environmental areas in which total transportation systems must operate. Click here for more information.