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Aerospace Connections In Education (ACE)

Thanks to ACE teachers and students for helping CAP set a new ACE participation record for the 2018-19 year with 51,170 students and 920 teachers in 46 states! Registration has opened for the 2019-20 year.

Check out the Spring 2019 CAP Volunteer Magazine's 10-year ACE Program article! (Features CAP and AFA leaders on page 1.)

Does YOUR state have ACE Schools?  Check out the 2019-2020 schools that have registered since August 1 HERE!

Did you have schools in your area last year you need to check back with? Check out the 2018-2019 list HERE!

2019 National ACE Award Winners found on ACE Announcements Page! Thanks to ACE Sponsor, the Air Force Association!

Want to quickly find out about the ACE program? Click on ACE Info Flier in Related Documents above, or click HERE

2019 ACE Accolades:

Improved attendance:

Last school year, we did the ACE program after state testing, at the end of April and all of May. Typically, this is when attendance really wanes as the kids are just "done" with the year (in terms of attitude, desire and willingness to attend). Instead, attendance maintained its stability during these times! Once the word got around that we would all be doing activities involving flight, no one wanted to miss it! ~ Renee Wells, Science Lab Teacher, Zephyr Lane Elementary, Bakersfield, CA (ACE Teacher 2018 & 2019)


Increase in CAP cadet membership:

We have had a significant increase in Cadet membership due implementing this program in our school corporation (in both the CAP Grissom and Ft Wayne squadrons). We have also be able to implement an Aerospace class that builds off of the ACE and other stem programs. ~ Mendi Hornbuckle, R.J. Basket Middle School, Gas City, IN (ACE Teacher 2016-2019)

Also, the AE and Cadet Officer for GLR-IN-086, Grissom Cadet Squadron


Relevance to reading/library:

The students at WSE & ME were engaged in every lesson. This year they have requested the lessons because the students saw what the previous year's students had studied. This year as I was ordering books for the library, my theme was STEM and aviation. I’m sure it will augment learning through book check out. Thanks! ~ Wendy Snyder, Library Technology Teacher, West Snyder & Middleburg Elementary Schools, Beaver Springs, PA  (ACE Teacher 2016-2019)


Tied to academic standards & connection with STEM Kits:

Flight is something that is intriguing to most all students. The activities and materials you provide help explain the mystery of flight. In each grade level, there is a standard that can be tied to flight, whether it is push and pull for kindergarten of Newton's Laws for fifth grade.  All have benefitted from the additional curriculum from ACE.  Students have loved the rockets and flight simulator provided in the STEM Kits. All were in attendance during those lessons.  ~ Michelle Bobo, Gifted Teacher/Challenge Facilitator, Washington School District, Washington, MO (ACE Teacher 2016-2019)


Already an ACE teacher? Go to the ACE teachers' page.

Aren't a CAP educator member at this time, but wish to be so you can participate in the ACE Program? With all the great free benefits AND the great free STEM Kit program we will provide to any CAP member who is an educator, the one-time membership fee is well worth it! Want to know more?  Check out the Educators Page!

Click HERE to see 2018 National ACE Award Winners! Thanks to ACE Sponsor, the Air Force Association!


What is the ACE (Aerospace Connections in Education) Program?

The ACE Program is an aerospace-themed program for educators in grades K-6 who are CAP Aerospace Education Members (AEMs) or Senior Members in CAP who are educators.  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-themed lessons that support STEM initiatives and enrich the school curricula.  Additionally, many lessons promote good character and physical fitness, which are components of CAP's Cadet Program.  Thus, the ACE program is a great introduction to CAP, especially for those youth who may be interested in learning more about General Aviation and possibly becoming members of CAP's Cadet Program for youth, ages 12-18.   CAP believes the ACE program will help foster good-natured and healthy citizens who will develop an interest in and appreciation for aerospace/STEM subjects and careers as our nation seeks to inspire the aerospace/STEM workforce of the next generation. 

What FREE materials do I receive if I participate in the ACE Program?

  • An online curriculum guide of 21 aerospace-themed, national academic standards-driven lessons for your grade level(s)  (lessons are divided into 9 academic lessons, 6 character lessons, and 6 physical fitness lessons. Read the descriptions of all ACE lessons; view now)
  • A classroom set of aerospace manipulative items that relate to one of the lessons for each grade level (see these on page 2 of the ACE Info Flier)
  • A classroom set of student ACE program completion certificates (must complete the online ACE Completion form to generate your certificate orders)
  • An ACE teacher certificate noting successful ACE program completion

What are the requirements if I participate in this program?

  • Have current membership in the Civil Air Patrol as an AEM or Senior Member.  
  • Be a teacher in any formal or informal school setting (home schools included) or youth organization setting.
  • Submit an online ACE registration form to participate in CAP's ACE Program.  (Registration details are explained below.)
  • Teach a minimum of 10 of the 21 ACE lessons to your class.
  • Submit an easy online completion form at the end of your program (includes evaluation of the 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?

Most lessons include student worksheets and/or 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) chapter 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 free and/or 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 2019-2020 school year?

  1. First, make sure you qualify to participate and that you agree to the requirements.  The program is designed for elementary educators in grades K - 6 who will ensure at least 10 of the 21 ACE lessons are taught to their students during the school year.  (For details on program implementation, review the Teacher Implementation Guidelines. View now.) 
  2. Next, you must be a member of CAP in order to register to participate in the ACE Program.  (If you are not currently a member, click here for CAP AEM membership information and to join online. Please note that as a new Aerospace Education Member of CAP, you will be able to request other free K-12 aerospace/STEM education materials, but these are NOT the ACE program materials.)  * In the event your school wishes to become an entire ACE School (all of the teachers at your school wish to participate), please send an email prior to joining as an AEM to for further information on how to join using a school check.
  3. When you register, make sure you check the correct category for you- and that determines if you will enter number of student participants or someone else will at your school. 
  4. Educators who wish to participate in the 2019-2020 ACE program should plan to register beginning August 1 each year using the online registration link in eServices.  (If you are a member of CAP and have never set up your eServices account, go to and click the "first time user" link.)  If you have questions, please send an email to   

What happens after I register?

  • You should receive an ACE registration confirmation email.  (If you do not, please email 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 the AE Downloads and Resources in our member portal, eServices.  You may go online to review or start using the curriculum at any time. (Just click on the ACE Kindergarten book and all grade levels will then appear.)
  • Follow the implementation guidelines provided in the ACE curriculum guide.
  • Your students' individual free manipulative materials will be shipped to you at your school address.
  • Please consider sending pictures of students engaged in ACE activities that we may share in newsletters, articles, or other CAP AE publications.  Usable pictures with a brief explanation should be emailed to *** Ensure there is media permission on file at your school for student photo usage. 
  • Take photos of your ACE activities during the year so that in April, you can submit your class, your school, one of your students, or YOU for an ACE award!  Find out about ACE awards on the ACE teachers' page.

What happens after I complete the program?

  • The ACE program completion form link will be available in eServices from February 1 to June 15 each 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 and teacher ACE certificates no later than 3 weeks from the date you submit your completion form.
  • To ensure you receive your 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).
  • If you desire to type in your students' names on the certificates, a student certificate template is found on CAP's ACE teachers' page
  • If you are too late to receive certificates, the certificates can be printed off the CAP ACE teachers' page
  • Please invite a representative from your closest CAP squadron and/or AFA chapter to help present your ACE certificates to your students. To find your closest CAP squadron, enter your ZIP code at the "Find your local squadron" link at To find your closest AFA chapter, enter your ZIP code HERE.
  • Please email if you have success stories you wish to share, such as improvements 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

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, we encourage all ACE educators to complete the program, which involves completing 10 of the grade level lessons with the students before the end of the year.  We do understand if circumstances arise that prevent total completion of the program.  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 only six requirements for program completion, but does not have student materials as the ACE program does.
  • 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

ACE Program Testimonials:

  • Fantastic program that engaged my students in active learning, and a wonderful way to involve parents and the community in the school.  (6th grade teacher in Jacksonville, FL)
  • My 5th grade ACE students mentor a kindergarten ACE class.  (5th grade teacher in Yuma, AZ)
  • My students had the highest state science test scores in our county.  This validates how aerospace can and does cover state standards. (5th grade teacher Van Buren, OH)
  • The program is very well organized, easy to follow, and age appropriate. (2nd grade teacher in Thousand Oaks, CA)
  • The kids loved the lessons.  The program has been a great addition to our STEM curriculum.  (3rd grade teacher in Anthem, AZ)
  • It brought our school together with a common theme.  (principal in Fort Walton Beach, FL)

ACE Program Accolades:

  • The program continues to grow, reaching over 1,000 educators and 227,000 students since program inception in 2007, thanks to the Air Force Association (AFA) and CAP members. CAP members are helping conduct the ACE lessons and helping to coordinate speakers and field trips to enhance the ACE program, and this is helping the program's steady growth. 
  • Guest presenters (such as parents, CAP & AFA members, community leaders, aerospace industry workers, etc.) provide students with positive role models and create excellent parent and community involvement opportunities.  It is encouraged that you invite guest speakers and lesson presenters to make this program an awesome opportunity for mentorship and career exploration information for your students.
  • The ACE curriculum has been adopted for use by other organizations working with youth, such as AFA chapters, aerospace museums, youth organizations, DoD STARBASE, and college AFROTC Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings teams, to develop an interest in and appreciation form STEM subjects and careers, thus inspiring the future aerospace workforce and future aviation enthusiasts.  CAP adults and cadets are becoming great supporters of and mentors to the ACE classrooms!
  • Several participants have reported a positive impact on standardized science test scores, such as a 27% increase in 5th grade science thinking scores.
  • About 90% of educators who register to participate in CAP's ACE Program complete the program.
  • Of educators who complete CAP's ACE Program, about 97% intend to participate again.
  • Program evaluation reveals that 96% of ACE educators agree that the ACE lessons fit well, overall, with the standards, concepts, and skills they are required to teach.
  • Students involved in the ACE pre/post test earn an average increase of 46% improvement in aerospace knowledge.

CAP greatly appreciates organizations and companies who have helped sponsor the ACE Program at the school level! 

CAP especially appreciates the Air Force Association for sponsoring ACE annual awards and t-shirts!

Please send an email inquiry to if you have any questions.





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