Engage, educate & accelerate the next generation of Aerospace Professionals.
In 2014, SUN ‘n FUN introduced the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), unveiling our 14-building aerospace STEM facility located on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus. Anchored by the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, a Polk County Public High School Career Academy, and Florida Air Museum, established as Florida’s official aviation museum in 2005, ACE boasts an impressive array of STEM learning environments.
Aerospace-themed summer camps and student outreach programs are presented by ACE staff to over 50,000 students annually, and educator assistance programs provide STEM-based curriculum and lesson plans for teachers at all grade levels. Hands-on learning activities are available for all ages, and include everything from stomp rockets and balsa gliders to real aircraft construction and maintenance programs. There is even a fully functioning Boeing 727 on the campus that serves as a unique learning laboratory. ACE provides annually over $2 million in education support, including pilot, maintainer, and college scholarships.
The Aerospace Center for Excellence, the most unique educational campus in the United States, is located on the Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL). The ACE Campus includes the Aerospace Pavilion, the Florida Air Museum, the Central Florida Aerospace Academy(CFAA) High School, The Lakeland Aero Club – a high school flying club, the Piedmont Experience – a Boeing 727 classroom, the Piedmont Hangar, the Tom Davis Education Center, the Buehler Restoration Center, and the Crossfield Discovery Center. Click below for a tour of these amazing facilities.
STEM at Sun 'n fun
Traviss Career Center
Florida Polytechnic University
Polk State College
Florida Aviation Historical Society