You will arrive at ACE about 9:15 am and leave about 1:00 pm, after your class has eaten lunch. Buses must leave by 1:15 pm.

The ACE experience is broken down into four main components; Pre-Flight Briefing, Ground School, Activity Stations, and Post-Flight Debriefing. ACE is designed to accommodate one class per day. The ACE curriculum is aligned to National and Arizona State Standards in all content areas.


Pre-Flight Briefing:

Upon arriving at ACE, students receive a brief orientation of the facility. The principles of flight, terminology, and the basics of the airplane are reviewed from lessons taught in the classroom. All students are briefed on the day's activities.

Activity Stations:

Students divide into three teams, each beginning at a different activity station. 

  • Rescue Room: 
    • Students solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. It is a student-led, team building activity.
  • Airplane & Computer Simulator: 
    • Using Microsoft Flight Simulator, students practice their flying skills on the computer. The "pilots" take off from Williams Gateway airport and practice landing at a nearby field. Pilots record the success of each flight. 
    • Students will be able to climb aboard the full motion flight simulator to take a "flight" and describe their experience in a short paragraph.
  • Experiment & Explore: 
    • Here, students play the part of a scientist. Their goal is to complete as many of the five experiments as possible. These experiments demonstrate various forces, or Bernoulli's Principle, which are important to the flight of an airplane. Students also participate in various challenge activities. Students will fly a drone from Home Base to Fort ACE.

Post-Flight Debriefing:

The closing activity is a debriefing of the day's events with a question & answer session.


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