Twin Cities ACE Academy
Twin Cities ACE Academy's mission is to enhance, advance and promote educational opportunities in aviation/aerospace and to develop and sustain a process for the ongoing mentoring of our youth. Our goals are to motivate our youth to become educationally prepared for life, increase minority participation in aviation and aerospace through exposure, training, mentoring.
OFFER an introduction of the aviation & aerospace careers to high school students.
PROVIDE an opportunity that will give insight and hands on experience for students to learn the history of aviation, fundamentals of aerodynamics, the role of government in aviation, pioneers in aviation and the many careers available in the aviation industry.
STUDENTS will learn aviation concepts tailored to their education in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM).
TCAA provides Science,Technology,Engineering & Math (S.T.E.M.) Education!
Offers general knowledge and pathways for preparation in STEM fields and occupations.
Bridges and connects in-school and out-of-school learning opportunities.
Provides opportunities for student exploration of STEM related fields and careers, especially for underrepresented populations .
Prepares students for successful post-secondary employment, education, or both.
The Twin Cities ACE Academy highlighted corporate, commercial, and military aviation. Students began the day by visiting Signature Flight Support at the St. Paul Downtown Airport. Signature is a fixed based operator located at the airport and caters to private aircraft. Students learned about the benefits of general aviation and private jet travel.
The second tour of the day included a visit to the Army Aviation Unit at the St. Paul Downtown Airport where students, toured the Blackhawk helicopter. Students also had a chance to visit the Air National Guard Facility at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport where they toured the C-130 aircraft and learned how its role is vital to military aviation and the defense of our country.
The day concluded with a visit to the Minneapolis Airport Commission (MAC) Offices for a tour of the Delta TechOps Maintenance Facility, Airport Fire Station and Air Traffic Control Tower Tour.
The students had the opportunity to build a capsule for the balloon launch to space! Within the capsule are two cameras to record the entire flight to 110,000 feet, GPS to locate capsule during re-entry to earth. We gather weather infomation and predict the trajectory of the balloon and the landing area.
Weather balloon release to space.
Video teleconference or in person visit from NASA.
Students are rewarded for their hard work and dedication during the academy, with a Graduation Ceremony at the JLG Twin Cities Schools in St. Paul. Students and their families are invited to the ceremony, which includes a delicious dinner courtesy of Famous Dave's, dessert, and an awards ceremony. Students are recognized for their participation throughout the week, and several students are recognized for their outstanding performance! The evening concludes with a powerful message from our Guest Speaker.