The Aerospace Center for Excellence Will be “Aligning the Stars for Students” Thanks to GiveWell Community Foundation
Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 12:43PM
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The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) will align the stars for students by bringing the only public planetarium to residents in Polk County thanks to GiveWell Community Foundation’s Impact Polk Annual Grant Program. 

Polk County is currently home to more than 160 schools and 97,000 students, making it the eighth largest school district in the State of Florida. The planetarium will be used as a teaching tool during school visits and reside on the Sun ‘n Fun Expo campus in the interactive learning lab for group tours and general museum guests. Since the planetarium is portable, the Aerospace Center for Excellence plans to visit approximately 25 public schools per school year, reaching close to 625 students in the Polk County area. ACE plans to deliver the experience to approximately 5,000 more individuals throughout the year during their summer camps, group tours, on-site educational activities and the annual Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo.

With this experience, students will be able to immediately apply knowledge learned to core concepts taught in the classroom, as well as, be able to analyze and understand related text, teachings, and problems encountered in the future that reflect lifelong educational benefits.

Richele Floyd, Education Director at the Aerospace Center for Excellence, says this addition to the Education Corridor on the Sun ‘n Fun Expo Campus will be a great tool for educators and students alike.

“We are excited to offer this technology within our existing, year-round, educational programs at ACE,” Floyd said. “The planetarium will be a valuable tool for educators and will provide students with a memorable experience on our campus or in their own classroom.”

The project is funded through a grant from George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation.

For more information on this portable planetarium, contact Richele Floyd at 863-644-2431 or email her at More information about Aerospace Center for Excellence educational programs can be found at

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