You will arrive at ACE about 9:30 am and leave between 1:00 and 1:15 pm, after your class has eaten lunch. Buses must leave by 1:15 pm.

The ACE experience is broken down into four main components; Phenomena based introduction, Student Activities, and 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 including the updated Science and Social Studies Standards.


Phenomena Based Introduction:

Upon arriving at ACE, students receive a brief orientation of the facility. Students will be introduced to an aerospace phenomena and will determine what driving questions they want to answer. They will complete a team activity and will be briefed on how to be successful. 


Students divide into three teams, each located in their own room. 

  • All rooms include: 
    • Escape room themes: Throughout the day they will find clues and solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. This will ultimately help them solve the driving question. 
    • 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.
    • Experiment stations will use student'led activities to demonstrate Bernoulli's principle, Newton's laws, and other exciting science concepts. 
    • Students also participate in various challenge activities that help them explore aerospace while utilizing skills from all content areas. 
    • Programming activities will allow students to learn about computer science. 
  • Activities Specific for each crew:  
Flight Crew:  
-This crew will have an airplane simulator to experience flight as well as a drone that allows them to understand unmanned aerial flight. 
Engineering Crew:
-This crew will have a life size interactive circuit board that allows them to understand how circuits work
as well as a wind tunnel to experiment and test using the engineering design process.
Air Traffic Control Crew:
-This crew will have a programmable drone that allows them to simulate real world unmanned aerial vehicle
(UAV) flight. They will also have a marshaling activity and an air traffic control simulator.

Post-Flight Debriefing:

The closing activity will allow students to combine their clues and attempt to solve the driving question. We will also reflect on the day and provide students with an opportunity to ask questions.