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Aeronautical Center of Exploration

Students participating in ACE activities

Mission Statement

To educate and motivate students 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 ACE?

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 aerospace. Each year more than 150 classes, approximately 3,800 fifth-graders, visit Mesa's ACE program. This motivational experience uses the themes of STEM and aerospace 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.


A.C.E. Specialists

Avril Anders

Lowell Elementary



Cathy Underwood

Salk Elementary



For Your Visit

ACE Locations

Lowell & Salk Location Information

Teacher Resources

Flight Plan

ACE @ Lowell