California Capital Airshow | MATHER AIRPORT, SACRAMENTO

July 13 & 14, 2024

Italian Jet Team - Frecce Tricolori

Year-Round Youth Programs

Inspiring the Next Generation to DREAM BIG

In the air, on the ground and throughout the year, the CCA team showcases the power and magic of flight through a variety of programs and events including school and hospital visits, airport career days (with guest speakers) and aviation reading time at museums and libraries throughout the Sacramento region all designed to inspire young people. Our year-round programs provide unique opportunities for students to meet heroes and legends who have literally used their education to change the world and a chance to play a key role in developing the future – these awesome kids may be your employees in 15-20 years!

Check out just some of the awesome events CCA has hosted:


Kindergartners visited Mather Airport to explore the exciting jobs that our partners do each and every day. Students met representatives that provided a brief overview about their important duties, took questions and allowed students to explore their unique vehicle or aircraft. The students rotated every 30 minutes to the next station and next profession. Students departed each field trip day with new knowledge of what really happens inside the airport security gates AND what exciting career opportunities lie ahead for them at the airport!


Using the power and magic of flight, kids from all over the Sacramento region enjoyed an eye-opening afternoon of endless opportunity, inspiration and life-changing possibilities. Folks with colorful airplanes, helicopters, police and fire vehicles and more were on hand to provide exciting and interactive experiences that expand a student’s imagination and broaden their outlook on life, as well as their view of the world.


Drones, aka unmanned aerial vehicles or UAV have entered the public conscious in a major way in the past few years. This unique event educated attendees on many of the functions and abilities of drones and shared the capacities and benefits of drone technology by featuring companies whose futures are closely tied to drone technology and policy. Students from across the region enjoyed hands-on instruction, activities and demonstrations by the leaders in this cutting-edge industry. With an expected $82 billion market on the horizon and 100,000 U.S. job opportunities within the next 10 years, we hope to inspire the next generation to explore the endless career opportunities as well as rethink, reimagine and reinvent the future of UAV Technology.


Thanks to the City of Rancho Cordova, students from twenty local schools received FREE General Admission tickets to the annual California Capital Airshow. These tickets were distributed to help ensure there are no barriers for Title I School students who want to attend the Airshow, an event filled with educational and inspirational opportunities. Each student earned a free ticket through academics or citizenship.


Local middle and high school students from select schools and community organizations participated in a panel discussion and breakout discussions with leaders from the nation’s top STEM and aviation companies. The event aims to inspire older students to see what their future careers could look like in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and aviation fields.

With the support of our sponsors, we’re investing in future leaders by providing free year-round STEM youth programs in hopes of inspiring the next generation to do great things!

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