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Mission Statement

To educate students about the scientific principles of flight and to motivate them to problem solve and collaborate by providing a STEM-based, positive, unique, 21st Century learning experience that enhances the state standards in STEM.

What is A.C.E.?

Through a joint venture between Mesa Public Schools and Boeing, Mesa's fifth-grade students have the unique opportunity to extend and apply their knowledge of scientific principles through the subject of aviation. Mesa Public Schools opened their first Flight Center in 1998 and the second Flight Center in 2000. Each year more than 140 classes, approximately 3,800 fifth-graders, visit Mesa's Aeronautical Centers. This motivational experience uses the theme of aviation to capture the imagination of students and engage them in a variety of learning activities. The curriculum is aligned to National and Arizona State Standards in all content areas. The Flight Center has made some great changes to the program and is now known as ACE (Aeronautical Center of Exploration)!

A.C.E. Specialists

Cathy Underwood

Salk Elementary



Donna Tuttle

Lowell Elementary



For Your Visit

A.C.E. Locations

Lowell & Salk Location Information

Teacher Resources

Flight Plan


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