Imagine your carrier wing has just been given a mission and your adrenaline is pumping like never before. Whether it’s a race or a rescue, you are about to put your science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and 21st Century learning skills to good use. Now, imagine all of this is happening while you’re in 7th-12th grade!
The National Flight Academy (NFA) works to expose students to STEM curricula during a one-of-a-kind, in-residence, fully immersive, 5.5 day adventure. The NFA is a 102,000 sq. ft. four-story structure, complete with accommodations for up to 108 Ambition Experimental Pilots (AXPs). The interior of the facility is home to the virtual aircraft carrier Ambition, complete with ready rooms, intelligence & operations centers, and an extensive simulation space.
The NFA team and The University of West Florida are working in unison to address the serious concerns of declining STEM skills and standards in American schoolchildren. High school prospective juniors and seniors attending the 5.5 day Ambition program can earn college credit by applying engineering technology concepts to successfully plan and execute aviation-related mission scenarios while learning about Boyle’s Law, forces of flight, basic radar principles and navigation, and application of rate calculations to monitor resource consumption. The Academy’s mission is to inspire students to seek out more challenging STEM courses when they return to their home schools.