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CAP's ACE Program for AFA Chapter Participation

 

In an effort to address America's need to promote character development and career options at an early age, CAP has developed an aerospace-themed program that excites and engages young people in grades K-6 in preparation for the future.  The ACE program comes at no cost to schools!  AFA chapters can use this program as another avenue to “improve their grassroots effectiveness” to promote AE and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs that lead to strengthening the nation’s future STEM workforce.
 
YOUR AFA Chapter can easily support these ACE classrooms!
  
AFA sponsorship of educators includes a complimentary CAP AE Membership that allows the educators entitlement to all the varied FREE CAP STEM products and programs!  
 
 
  
 
AFA chapters reach out to educators/schools or CAP helps connect the chapters with the schools to support the classrooms.
        
ACE Program registration for teachers is open from 1 August - 1 March each year.  AFA Chapters that wish to support a school or classroom can contact afa@capnhq.gov to find a school near the chapter to support.
 
See THANK YOU Video from University Avenue Aerospace School to AFA's Rawlings Chapter in MN!  
 
                    
      
 
The ACE program is a focused, grade-level specific program that includes program assessment tools that lead to results-driven program implementation. 
 
****  Participants have seen:
       >   a 27% increase in science thinking scores;
       >  a 46% increase in program knowledge via post test results; and
       >  a 4.5 out of 5 average score in program efficacy
 
93% of teachers in the program intend to continue the program the following year. 
 
Over 120,000 students nationwide have participated in the program since its inception in 2007. 
 
  
                                   AFA and CAP members join hands to support ACE Kids: Come Fly With Me!

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

The ACE Program was designed to integrate the aerospace theme in a cross-curricular manner in classrooms across America and includes three basic elements and fills three important needs for the schools of our nation:
 
Ø Academics to meet future STEM workforce demands
Ø Character education to combat negative societal forces and prepare productive/ethical/responsible/patriotic citizens 
Ø  Physical fitness training to create citizens living a healthy and drug-free lifestyle
 
The program components include a K-6 grade-level specific curriculum guide designed by educators and incorporating fun, inquiry-based activities in 150 lesson plans that meet national academic standards of learning and address national STEM initiatives. Associated grade-level class sets of educational manipulative items enhance the hands-on approach of ACE.
 
Ø The lessons are designed so that anyone can easily and inexpensively teach the lessons, to include classroom volunteers, such as AFA chapter members.
Ø The educational materials supplement and enrich school systems' core curricula.
Ø The program can become a school-wide collaborative program wherein the classroom teacher can teach the academics sections; the counselor can teach the character ed sections, and the physical ed instructor can teach physical fitness. 

PROGRAM RESOURCES:

CAP provides AFA-sponsored teachers participating in the CAP ACE Program a free AE membership, with all associated benefits, as well as a free grade-level appropriate ACE curriculum guide of 21 lessons, class sets of lesson resources and ACE completion certificates for students and teacher plaque, and ACE award/grant opportunities.   

PROGRAM INSTRUCTION:

ACE instructors are K-6 educators who are CAP aerospace educator members.  These educators could be classroom teachers or leaders of youth organizations.  ACE instructors are required to complete at least 10 of the 21 grade-level lessons during the school year to receive all ACE program resources. (If the program needs to be used in an informal manner, without the 10-lesson requirement, teachers may obtain the curriculum guide either online or in print to conduct the lessons.)
 
ACE instructors are encouraged to invite other school staff members, parents, and community volunteers to teach individual lessons to the students during the school year. This brings a variety of positive role models into the classroom from which students can learn important life skills. AFA members would be excellent positive role models for the young people! 

CHAPTER “SPONSORSHIP” SUPPORT:

AFA chapters can “sponsor” classrooms in the ACE program by introducing the teachers to the program and offering to assist in any appropriate or possible manner. Suggested ways AFA chapter members can support the teacher’s efforts:
 
Ø Offer to participate as guest speaker(s) or help arrange for special aerial-related demonstrations at a school ACE “Lift-off” event or culmination ceremony
Ø Offer to arrange student tours of local airport, military installation, aerospace museum or other aerospace-related facility
Ø Volunteer to teach one or more ACE lessons, which would enhance the service option of the chapter’s partnership with the school and share the message with young people that “we care about you and your future”
Ø Upon completion of the program, make a special presentation of the ACE educator plaque and student certificates at an appropriate school event       

HOW TO START:

Ø Locate a K-6 instructor who may want to participate. 
Ø Direct instructor to ACE website: www.capmembers.com/ace and share ACE flyer.
Ø Determine level of commitment from teacher and chapter    
Ø Assist in any manner or request assistance from afa@capnhq.gov.
 
If instructor is interested, contact afa@capnhq.gov for registration.
 

 

 

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