Affiliate: Kansas State University
Project: K-State Poly C.A.T.S., Salina Campus
K-State Polytechnic: C.A.T.S. is a program on the Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus that uses Kansas Space Grant funding to support innovative programs for elementary, middle, and high school students interested in careers in aviation and technology. KSU Poly outreach programs target recruitment of underrepresented and underprivileged groups in aviation and technology fields, and include a variety of program events, including Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD), Teen Women in Science and Technology (TWIST), STEM Road Show, and more. In 2021-2022, 200 K-12 students participated in outreach events, including 147 (74%) girls, and 24 K-12 educators participated, 18 (75%) of which were women. In 2022-2023, an additional 141 K-12 students participated in events, including 66 (47%) girls, with additional activities ongoing.