IAPG Education Mission

YouthAviationRally24x36-OLEducation with a focus on youth is central to Iowa Aviation Promotion Group’s missions.  The IAPG Board is always seeking to improve its educational programs.  There are presently two major initiatives in education: the youth rally program and the cooperative project with the Air Force Association to recognize aerospace education Teachers of the Year.

Iowa Aviation Youth Rallies – Half-Day Programs

2013-Aviation-Youth-Rally-PerryIowa Aviation Promotion Group in partnership with Iowa Space Grant Consortium,  Iowa DOT Office of Aviation, sponsoring airports, and aviation groups such as the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), has held half day Iowa Youth Aviation Rallies at various locations in Iowa.  In 75 events held 2006–2016, well over 3000 youngsters have attended.

Content includes instruction on airplanes, aeronautical principles, airports, weather, flight planning, aviation careers, and more.  Where available,  each youngster has the opportunity to take an EAA Young Eagle flight.  Rallies typically conclude with a pizza luncheon and award of a certificate and T-shirt.

These events are absolutely FREE! The target age groups are usually 9–12 or 10–15.

Planned & confirmed Rallies for 2017 include these airport locations

  • Mason City Municipal Airport – June 17
  • Allison MAP – DTB, usually early September  
  • Ankeny Regional AP—July 15
  • Ottumwa RAP – August 5, A Fly Iowa 2017 event

More Sites will be determined as the year 2017 develops.

 If you are interested in being a host airport for a rally please contact Chuck McDonald 

For more information about a camp near you, contact 

Teacher of the Year Recognition: Cooperative Program of IAPG and Air Force Association

Annually, outstanding teachers who use aviation and space concepts to enhance the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in K–12 classrooms, are identified and recognized with Teacher of the Year awards provided by the Air Force Association. 

The 2015 Teacher of the Year is Lisa Horsch who teaches middle school science at Johnston Middle School.  She was named Des Moines Chapter Teacher of the Year and among her awards was a $250 in cash prize.  She was nominated for the honor by Steve Black, a corporate member of Iowa Aviation Promotion Group.

Aerospace Education Teaching Resources Available for Loan to Iowa Aviation Promotion Group Members

red-single-propMembers of IAPG who are active in teaching aerospace education subjects may request teaching materials which are available for loan at NO COST from the IAPG offices at Ankeny Regional Airport.

This is just one of the benefits of membership! It is anticipated that items could be loaned to any one requester for up to five months, the length of a school semester.

We have two 1/8th scale airplanes, including a SuperCub mock-up which shows control surface rigging, a number of flight and navigation plotters, some video tapes on space and other topics, several “Classroom Activities” binders, and a number of books on various aviation and space subjects. A complete list of available items may be requested by calling Chuck McDonald at the IAPG Offices, (515) 964-1398 or e-mailing him at There may a fee for shipping the items, depending on cost.

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