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Maryland Wing supports the Maryland Engineering Challenges

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Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol members assist with the Electric Cargo Challenge at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. (Photo credit: Lt. Col. Charles Roe, CAP)

Annual event at Baltimore Museum of Industry

2/10/2017––Civil Air Patrol members from Maryland Wing headquarters and the Howard Composite Squadron assist the organizers of the Electric Cargo Challenge, part of the Maryland Engineering Challenges held in the Baltimore Museum of Industry on February 5, 2017.

CAP assists this annual middle and high school aerospace competition by serving as judges and in other areas as needed. Additionally, CAP provides participants with information about Civil Air Patrol and its missions.

The mission of the Maryland Engineering Challenges is to introduce students in grades 1 to 12 to the role of engineers in today’s society and connect what students learn in school with real-world engineering concepts.

Participating in the challenges helps students develop comprehension, problem-solving, and comprehension skills; encourages teamwork and self-confidence; and can promote meaningful mentor relationships with engineering professionals.

In addition to developing students’ STEM skills (science, technology, engineering, and math), each Challenge also integrates reading, writing, and public speaking with hands-on, project-based learning.

The Elementary School Paper Airplane Challenge will be held on Sunday, February 12 at the museum and CAP members will be assisting with this event.
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Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information.