Aren't a CAP educator member at this time, but wish to be? With all the great free benefits AND the new free STEM Kit program we will provide to any CAP member who is an education, the one-time membership fee is well worth it! Want to know more? Click HERE to view the AE Membership and STEM Kit informational form.
Col Brad Lynn, CAP AL Wing Commander, works with Boaz, AL students during
2012-2013 ACE Lift-off
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; yet many programs are implemented in informal, structured after-school programs. 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.
Col Brad Lynn, CAP AL Wing Commander, works with Boaz, AL students during
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 30-45 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 for many additional lessons.
How do I evaluate my students?
Many lessons include student worksheets and assessment rubrics. Lesson evaluation methods are listed in each lesson. A comprehensive pre- and post-test is included and is encouraged for use.
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 2013-2014 school year?
T-shirt information: When registering, please follow instructions to enter your class t-shirt counts. If you are a specialist and there is a homeroom teacher registering too, the homeroom teacher will enter the student shirt sizes and you should only enter shirt information for yourself. As stated, funding issues are impacting our ability to provide every student t-shirts this year, but we still need this information so if extra funding becomes available, we will be ready to ship out the shirts. NOTE: ACE shirts are not shipped until the first week of October so schools can conduct an October ACE Lift-off event with all students in their ACE shirts, if we provide them to you. Know of an organization that might consider being a sponsor? Click HERE for organizational sponsorship brochure.
What happens after I register?
You should receive an ACE registration confirmation email. (If you do 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) will be mailed a couple of weeks after registration. 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. The ACE materials will come separately. If you do not receive the ACE materials within two weeks of ACE registration, contact email@example.com.
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, artciles, or other CAP AE publications. Usable pictures with a brief explanation should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, if there is media permission on file at your school for photo usage.
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.
To ensure you receive your plaque and certificates in time for your end-of-year awards programs, 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).
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. It is important that you try to garner media support for the extra activities you provide to your students. If you get such media coverage, please send us a link and any photos, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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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CAP greatly appreciates organizations and companies who help sponsor the ACE Program: Civil Air Patrol and the US Air Force, the Air Force Association (AFA); FLIR Systems, Inc.; and Lightspeed Aviation Foundation. If YOU know of a company or organization that would be interested in becoming an ACE sponsor, please share the organizational sponsorship flyer found by clicking HERE. We need additional sponsors to provide all the students all of the program components!
Please send an email inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.