Col Brad Lynn, CAP AL Wing Commander, works with Boaz, AL students during 2012-2013 ACE Lift-off
What is the ACE (Aerospace Connections in Education) Program?
The ACE Program is an aerospace education program for elementary teachers (K-6) who are aerospace education members (AEMs) or senior members Civil Air Patrol (CAP). This program is designed for schools/teachers to implement during the school day. ACE provides engaging and meaningful cross-curricular aerospace lessons that support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiatives and enrich the school curricula. Additionally, many lessons promote good character and physical fitness. We believe this program will help foster good-natured and healthy citizens who will develop an interest in and appreciation for aerospace as we seek to inspire the aerospace workforce of the next generation.
What FREE materials do I receive if I participate in the ACE Program?
What are the requirements if I participate in this program?
How long does it take to teach each lesson?
The lessons are designed to be 30-60 minutes in length. We encourage teachers to adapt the lessons as necessary for their unique schedules, resources, and students. There are additional activity ideas provided for each lesson to enrich and extend each lesson.
How do I evaluate my students?
Many lessons include student worksheets. Lesson evaluation methods are listed in each lesson. A comprehensive pre- and post-test is included.
May I invite others to teach some of the lessons in my class?
The lessons are written in an easy to understand, step-by-step format. We encourage teachers to invite parents, community leaders, as well as other employees of the school such as the counselor, PE teacher, secretary, custodian, etc. to share a lesson with students. Consider inviting Civil Air Patrol and/or Air Force Association (AFA) representatives to teach a lesson in your classroom. What a great way to involve parents and other community members in the educational system!
What is the cost of this program?
Although the program is free to CAP members who are K-6 educators, teachers do supply their own lesson materials. The ACE lessons, however, are designed to use inexpensive, easy to acquire materials, such as construction paper, glue, balloons, straws, etc. Costs, therefore, are minimal.
How do I register to participate in this program for the 2012-2013 school year?
What happens after I register?
You should receive an ACE registration confirmation email. (If you did not, please email firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. If you do not have an ACE confirmation email, we do not have you listed as a registered participant.
As a member of CAP, you have access to the online ACE curriculum guides located in eServices at https://www.capnhq.gov. You may immediately go online to review or start using the curriculum. (Click "AE Downloads and Resources" after logging into eServices.)
ACE materials (hard copy of the curriculum guide and other items) are typically mailed in October for CAP members who submitted an ACE registration form in September. (If you submit your registration form in September and do not receive your materials by the end of October, please notify us at email@example.com.)
NOTE: If you recently became a member of CAP, you will soon receive or have received a box of over 25 aerospace education items, such as the Journey of Flight book, thematic units, etc. This box does NOT contain ACE Program materials.)
Follow the implementation guidelines provided in the ACE curriculum guide (located in eServices until you receive your hard copy, as well as in the "Related Resources" list on the right side of this page).
Please consider sending pictures of students engaged in ACE actitivies that we may share in newsletters, newsbriefs, or other CAP AE publications. Usable pictures with a brief explanation should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens after I complete the program?
The ACE program completion link will be available in eServices from February to June of the current school year. It takes about 15-20 minutes to complete the online completion form. Details are available on CAP's ACE teachers' page. You should receive student ACE certificates and a teacher plaque no later than 3 weeks from the date you submit your completion form.
Make sure you submit your completion form at least 3 weeks prior to needing student ACE certificates to distribute to your class (or no later than June 15 of the current school year).
Please email email@example.com if you have success stories you wish to share, such as improvments in test scores, or a story about how the ACE Program impacted a student, your class, or even you as a teacher.
What happens if I do not complete the program?
Only educators who truly want to participate and are committed to completing the program should register to participate.
Due to the extensive amount of time, effort, and money that is invested to provide this program to educators, there is a penalty for not completing the program. Educators who do not complete the program will be ineligible to register to officially participate in the program in the future. Anyone who does not complete the program is encouraged to maintain his/her membership to CAP and continue to use CAP AE products as desired. He/she may also consider registering to participate in CAP's AEX program, that has no penalty for program incompletion.
In the event you have an unexpected, adverse situation that prevents you from completing CAP's ACE program, please send an email as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org. Depending on the nature of your situation and the date CAP is notified, we may be able to assist in such a way that does not preclude you from future participation.
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Please send an email inquiry to email@example.com if you have any questions.