SUN ‘n FUN’s Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) will once again be offering their annual day and residential aviation summer camps for kids ages 7 – 18 on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus, 4175 Medulla Rd., Lakeland, Florida.

Destination Aviation is for ages 11-18 years old, and provides real world learning experience and applications. They will have the opportunity to experience flights and become familiar with cockpit instruments, aerodynamics and flight simulators.

This year students participating in Destination Aviation will be given the opportunity to take flight in a Piper Cherokee with two to three other students while piloting a cross-country course over the east coast of Florida. They will be supervised by Flight Safety International pilots, enabling them to log approximately 20 minutes of flight time each. The flight will include taking off and landing an aircraft. This will allow students to have hands-on experience charting a flight course and following airplane instrumentation while being in total control in the air.

“This is truly the best value in summer camps in the State of Florida, if not the United States. Students are taught by certified teachers and flight instructors,” said Robb Williams, Executive Director, ACE.

During a graduation ceremony at the conclusion of each week’s camp the students will present the criteria and daily situations professional pilots encounter, such as weather, technology, maintenance, flight planning and aeronautical decision-making.

Destination Aviation is $300 for the day camp or $675 for the residential (overnight) option. The dates are as follows:

Camp Ages Dates
1 11-12 June 20 – June 24
2 11-12 June 27 – July 1
3 13-14 July 11 – July 15
4 13-14 July 18 – July 22
5 15-18 July 25 – July 29
6 15-18 August 1 – August 5

STEMtasticTM camp is for ages 7-12 years old. This camp is a day camp costing $150 for a five-day experience. The dates are as follows:

Camp Ages Dates
1 7-8 June 27 – July 1
2 9-10 July 18 – 22
3 11-12 July 25 – July 29

STEMtasticTM offers daily themes incorporating science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) learning techniques. Topics include robotics, airplanes, rocketry, wave forms, and nature. STEMtasticTM summer camp will enable students to get first-hand experience with the world of aviation and learn about the bright future it can offer.

STEMtasticTM will challenge kids in a new and exciting way by exploring the different resources found in Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum, the Buehler Aerospace Skills Center, Piedmont Aerospace Lab, and the Piedmont Aerospace Experience, a fully functioning Boeing 727.

For more information about aviation summer camps or other educational programs, please contact John Iskra at 863-904-4073 or email jiskra@sun-n-fun.org. Or visit http://www.sun-n-fun.org/educational-programs/.