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Redbird Flight Simulator

The Aerospace Educators’ Workshop

Join us for an exciting day learning how to integrate aviation, space, robotics and more into your curriculum! All K-12 teachers are invited to attend.

Begin with the thrill of being selected in a random drawing to fly with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team! Enjoy breakfast followed by the opening ceremony with special speakers to welcome you to the SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo. Then choose from a variety of concurrent sessions being offered throughout the morning.

This is the place to be! We will motivate and inspire you with a lot of ideas and activities to use in your classroom! Come experience STEM with us and inspire your students to reach for the stars!  After all, the Sky is Just the Beginning!


7:00 am Continental breakfast, registration and opening ceremony in Buehler Center

7:45 am Drawing for Aeroshell rides

Concurrent Sessions in CFAA Classrooms

9:00 - 9:45

10:00 - 10:45

11:00 - 11:45

12:00 Keynote Speaker - Astronaut Winston Scott and presentation of Ray Lien Award in the Florida Air Museum

2021 Presenters

Ray Lien Award

Ray Lien was reputed as an excellent aviation educator. He envisioned an Aerospace Educators Workshop in 1988. Ray was introduced to aviation in 1925 by his Platte, South Dakota, neighbors. Ray enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in January 1942. Throughout WWII, Ray served as a Maintenance Officer in various locations, but predominantly in North Africa with B-26 and B-25 aircraft. After the war, Ray joined the Air Force Reserve, where he continued to serve in the maintenance field until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1970.

Ray Lien earned a BS in Agricultural Engineering from South Dakota State College in 1941 and an MS in Agricultural Engineering in 1958. He actually began teaching at Purdue University in 1953, which he continued until 1987. He was one of the few Purdue University faculty to ever rise from an Instructor to Full Professor without earning a PhD. In 1988, he became Coordinator (and later Chairman) of Educational Project for SUN ‘n FUN and started the first Aerospace Educator Workshop.

In Ray’s honor, we proudly present the Ray Lien Award annually during the SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo during the Aerospace Educators Workshop. This award is given to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to aviation education.

Nomination Procedures – Deadline March 26, 2021.

  • The award will be presented at SUN ‘n FUN in Lakeland, Florida during the Aerospace Educators Workshop. We request the recipient be present at the Workshop to receive the award.
  • Anyone can nominate a person and it can be self-nominated. The nominator must submit a letter of support for the candidate by describing his/her contributions to aviation education.
  • The recipient must agree to present a session for teachers at the following year’s workshop.
  • The nomination letter of support should be emailed to Bill Yucuis no later than March 26, 2021.

RAY LIEN Award Winners

Spirit of an Educator – “Knowledge is the key to aviation’s future.”

1998 Paul Poberezny1999 A. Scott Crossfield2000 Lyle R. Flagg
2001 Billy Henderson2002 Gene Olson2003 Dr. Charley Rodriguez
2004 Dr. Carol Denicole2005 Barbara Walters-Phillips2006 Greg Harbaugh
2007 Marie Grein2008 Richard Ortega2009 Chad Smith
2010 Barry Scharf2011 Lori Bradner2012 Bill Yucuis
2013 Joseph Oliver2014 John Iskra2015 Not Awarded
2016 George "Gabe" Gabrielle2017 Thomas J. Sarko2018 Mary Catherine Vaughn
2019 Marie Hill

Project: STRATOS

The Aerospace Center for Excellence is excited to announce Project: STRATOS 2021, an aviation-oriented arts and leadership program for high school students.

All high school aged students are eligible.

Students of Senior standing will be eligible for an opportunity to earn a training flight with Stallion 51 in a P51 Mustang.

Students of Junior standing will be eligible for enhanced recognition while Sophomore and Freshmen finalists will receive an action camera for use during the 2021 Fly-In and additional valuable prizes.

The 2021 Project: STRATOS program consists of 4 components and students are asked to participate in as many proposed programs as possible. The semi-finalists and finalists may be drawn from any of the program components.

  1. Write an essay on the 2021 topic: A Clear Vision of Aviation in the Future
  2. Submit an original work of art on the 2021 topic: A Clear Vision of Aviation in the Future
  3. Complete and submit certificate from FEMA independent study Course 241b or 242b (we will provide registration information)
  4. Attend physical activity training sessions on the ACE Campus

ANY student wishing to participate in any or all of these components should send an email to stratos@flysnf.org as soon as possible for additional details.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students wishing to participate in Project: STRATOS must be available the week of April 13-18-2021 to participate in the SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo. No housing, accommodations or transportation is provided.

Rewards for semi-finalists:

  • Two free day of choice passes to SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo 2021
  • SUN ‘n FUN keychain
  • Project: STRATOS T-Shirt

Rewards for finalists:

  • Possibility of a flight with an airshow performers
  • Participation in the U.S. Navy Blue Angels symposium
  • Camera with Memory Card
  • Four (4) free week-long passes to SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo 2021
  • Meet and greet / photo opportunity with aerospace industry leaders
  • Project: STRATOS polo shirt and t-shirt
  • SUN ‘n FUN Key Chain
  • Interviews on Florida Aviation Network and SUN ‘n FUN Radio

The Project: STRATOS expression of interest to participate is November 15, 2020 but don’t wait as you’ll miss some of the component experiences.

Contact stratos@flysnf.org today!!

Thank you to our Project Stratos Sponsors!

Child looking at plane

***returning in 2022***

Supported by Polk State College
SUN ‘n FUN offers tours to college, K-12 school, home school, church, family, and scouting groups. During these tours, students, teachers, and chaperones have the opportunity to see one of the largest aviation events in the world. Our interactive walking tour may include flying aircraft demonstrations, historic aircraft, forums, high-tech ultralight and light sport aircraft, warbird airplanes, a museum visit and more.

Destinations at the SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo 2021 may include:

  • Piedmont Aerospace Lab is the first stop and check in as you arrive for your tour.
  • Our STEMtastic Youth Tent this year will feature STEM demonstrations which may include: 3D printers, drones, robotics and more.
  • Paradise City, a grass runway and exhibitors showcasing Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), Ultralights, and Rotorcraft.
  • Vintage Aircraft featuring the rare and unusual from the Golden Age of aviation.
  • Warbird Aircraft shows the history of aviation in ways rarely found in a textbook.
  • Enjoy the Warbirds and honor the brave people who flew them.
  • Tour the Piedmont Aerospace Experience, a functioning Boeing 727-200 Airliner in the livery of Piedmont Airlines.
  • Florida Air Museum 

Important Registration and Payment Information

SUN ‘n FUN is offering group rates to educational organizations that wish to attend our annual fundraiser. Educational organizations include public and private schools, colleges as well as homeschooling groups.

Our group rates are available to groups of 15 or more. All group rates MUST be reserved and paid in advance


  • Pre-registration with advance ticket purchase is required.
  • Pre-registration forms and payment must be received by 04-2-2021.
  • Before paying, please complete the form below.

Pricing Information

Discovery Tour (NO WRISTBANDS)

  • Group Rate $25.00


  • Child (6 and under) = FREE
  • Youth/Students (7-17) = $10.00
    • **OR students enrolled in a public/private or home school group who are 18 years of age
  • Adults (18 and up) = $25.00

If you have further questions please email educate@flysnf.org 

Support The Mission

The mission of the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) is to “Engage, Educate, and Accelerate the Next Generation of Aerospace Professionals. The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo and dozens of other events year-round produce the majority of the revenue that goes into supporting this mission. By attending our events, you are helping us deliver top-quality, industry-leading STEM education and scholarship programs to thousands of young men and women each year. The opportunities that ACE provides give young people a competitive edge as they navigate their educational journey that can ultimately lead to a rewarding career in the world’s incredibly diverse and rapidly growing aerospace industry. You can help! Please click the links below to explore how you can share your knowledge and expertise as a volunteer in over 3500 available positions, become a patron of the Florida Air Museum, or donate to assist us financially. Regardless of how you assist, whether by attending our events, visiting the museum or donating financially, we sincerely appreciate your support!

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