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Aerospace/STEM Educator

Susan Broderick Mallett

Susan Broderick Mallett is a retired teacher, administrator and university instructor with an educational tenure of 31 years in Alabama schools. As a public school principal, she led a nationally and internationally-recognized elementary school that integrated the aerospace theme throughout the curriculum. Since 2006 she has served as the Youth Development and Air Force Association (AFA) Programs Coordinator at the National HQ of the Civil Air Patrol at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.


In her position at CAP, Ms Mallett works across the country to coordinate free CAP airplane orientation flights and aerospace/STEM workshops for educators, and, with schools, museums, and youth organizations to connect K-12 youth with STEM-related products and programs, role models, and career opportunities. During the last 31 years, as an educator member of CAP, Ms. Mallett has coordinated airplane flights for over 1,500 educators and 1,000 students, introducing them to the wonders of the sky and beyond.


Ms. Mallett secured the initial funding to create CAP’s K-12 STEM Kit program and created the CAP/AFA K-6 Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE) program. The CAP/AFA ACE program has benefitted over 3,500 educators and 130,000 students nationwide since its inception in 2007. The CAP STEM Kit program currently offers 15 free STEM Kits to CAP squadrons and educator members, and, since program inception in 2013, has provided almost 12,000 kits for over 315,000 youth to experience potential STEM careers in robotics, aviation, UASs, computer programming, astronomy, rocketry, engineering, and meteorology.


Ms. Mallett has coordinated CAP alliances and programs with other STEM-focused organizations, such as the AFA; FAA; NASA; AOPA; EAA; DoD STARBASE; Air Force STEM Outreach Office; Women in Aviation International (WAI); and local & state educational systems/organizations/museums throughout the nation.


Ms. Mallett serves as the Vice President/Aerospace Education for the Air Force Association at the chapter, state and region levels to promote the AFA’s flagship STEM programs, CyberPatriot and StellarXplorers, and is a member of the national AFA’s Aerospace Education Council.


Passionate about sharing STEM opportunities with educators and youth, she is most passionate about getting young girls involved in such programs to prepare for empowered futures, participating annually in the WAI Girls in Aviation program.