Changes Coming to YAP

Big changes are coming to the Young Astronauts Program of Metropolitan Columbus. We will be updating, restructuring and redesigning the program in 2014 to prepare for a re-launch in 2015. We will be spending the next two months (July and August) to conduct research and planning and to contact all former persons who expressed interest in the program.

For updates please contact Cynthia Hardy at cynthiahardy17 @

Young Astronauts team up with Girl Scouts for Mars Mission

IMG_3146Fourteen middle school students from The Young Astronauts Program of Metropolitan Columbus and the Dublin Girl Scout Troop participated in a simulated space mission, Voyage to Mars, at The Challenger Learning Center in Dayton, Ohio on May 18, 2013.

The students worked in teams of two and three to plan their route and navigate their spacecraft to the Red Planet.  After arriving on the Martian surface, the teams collected and analyzed a number of planetary samples and data. Instructors from the Challenger Center also led hands-on activities with the students to teach them about spacesuit design and mapping the geological surface of Mars.

Following their mission, the students toured exhibits of military aviation history at The National Museum of the United States Air Force.

YAP First Fundraiser at Ruby Tuesdays a Sucess!

On April 6, 7, 13, and 14, YAP students, parents, and friends participated in the Ruby Tuesday Community GiveBack Program. A total of $746.52 was raised through this first time fundraising event. Thank you to everyone who came out to the Sawmill location of Ruby Tuesdays to dine and support the programs and vision of YAP!

YAP Instructor SMSGT Edward N. Taylor III Awarded First Sergeant of the Year Award 2012

Ed Taylor Promo ceremonySenior Master Sergeant Edward N. Taylor III distinguished himself by exceptional service while assigned to the Ohio Air National Guard from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012. Sergeant Taylor demonstrated exceptional leadership and guidance while deployed as First Sergeant, 380th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron, 380th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The outstanding leadership abilities, professional skill and dedication to the mission of Sergeant Taylor resulted in major contributions to the morale welfare and esprit de corps of 133 Airmen in four different units. Moreover, Sergeant Taylor supported enlisted development by chairing 4 panels, authoring and presenting professional development seminars which prepared 48 Airmen for increased roles and responsibilities.  In addition, Sergeant Taylor was peer elected to serve as vice-president of the first sergeant’s council, leading 12 Air Force and Army first sergeants and subject matter expert for 474 deployed guard members where he demonstrated a high level of leadership ability. Finally, Sergeant Taylor has been board member, mentor and lead instructor for the Columbus Metropolitan Young Astronauts Program for over 5 years. The YAP is an educational program that focuses on the teaching of math and science to inner city and at-risk middle school youth through aviation based activities, and instill rock-solid character traits and self-motivating ideas. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Taylor reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Air Force, the Air National Guard and the State of Ohio.

Young Astronauts Visit COSI

Thirteen students and four adult chaperones from the Young Astronauts Program of Metropolitan Columbus visited COSI, Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio on January 5, 2013.  The students learned about the science of the human body in Gunther von Hagens’ travelling Body Worlds exhibit and explored archeology in the Adventures in the Valley Unknown exhibit.