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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!

Saturday, April 9th, 2022

Registration is the low rate of $20.00 for teachers and administrators. This price includes regular admission ($25 value) to SUN 'n FUN for the day, light breakfast and parking ($10 value). Please—no children or guests.

Four participants will fly with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team during the workshop. The drawing for these rides is promptly at 8:00 A.M. (The rides are for teachers currently in the classroom, and they must be physically able to climb into the cockpit, without assistance, of a T-6 aircraft and weigh less than 250 pounds.)

An in-service points’ certificate will be in your goody bag.

Registrations completed by April 3 will receive a parking pass via email.


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 Lunch Keynote Speaker - Astronaut Nicole Stott and presentation of Ray Lien Award in the Florida Air Museum

2022 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 15, 2022.

  • 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 15, 2022.

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 Hill2021 Jessica Strauss

Project: STRATOS

The Aerospace Center for Excellence is excited to announce the re-imagination of Project: STRATOS an aviation leadership and art competition. Project: STRATOS finalist will continue to receive prizes and recognition associated with the 2022 SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-in. New this year, competitors will be provided the opportunity to participate in (1) Pathways to Aviation Career readiness program (2) Competitive Athletic Competition, (3) writing an essay, and/or (4) creating a unique work of art that fits the theme: “Aviation Safety”. 

The program is open to high school juniors and seniors. Students are asked to participate in as many of the proposed programs as possible. Finalist may be drawn from any of the program components. Any student interested in participating shall submit an email to Stratos@flysnf.org by January 18, 2022. Juniors and Seniors will both be eligible for the finalist awards listed in this announcement (2022 Only). 

Component 1: Pathways to Aviation. Students will need to sign up for Pathways to Aviation and become career-ready. This process can take any time from 3 days to a week long. You will receive a certificate of completion after you become career-ready. The certificate is the proof you completed Component 1. You will need to email this to Stratos@flysnf.org or turn it into the A.C.E. front desk by February 17th, 2022.

Component 2: Team Building. Students will take part in this exercise as a duo. To qualify under this component, the student must participate in one race session. They may do over as many times as they want, but there will only be one ultimate time. The goal of participating in the race sessions is not an athletic accomplishment, but the goal is to evaluate and develop team leadership attributes. All sessions will meet at the C-47 on the ACE Campus. RSVP is encouraged, but not required.

Component 3: Write a 500-word essay on the following topic: “Aviation Safety” The essay may be fiction or non-fiction (biographical or autobiographical). The essay must be completed and submitted to Stratos@flysnf.org by February 17, 2022.

Component 4: Create a unique work of art that fits the theme: “Aviation Safety” The work of art may be in any media. Works of art should be submitted to the A.C.E. Building front desk by February 17, 2022. 

Candidates may be interviewed to narrow the finalist and pool. There will only be 10 finalists this year!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students wishing to participate in Project: STRATOS must be available the week of April 5-10. No housing or accommodation or transportation is provided. Project: STRATOS winners are expected to participate in the 2022 SUN ‘n FUN Fly-in, as well.

Rewards for finalists
  • Possibility of a flight with one of the airshow performers
  • Sony Camera with Memory Card
  • Two (2) Free week-long passes to SUN ‘n FUN 2022
  • 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
  • Other Aviation/Stem related events

Project Dates:

  • January 3: Project released via media outlets
  • January 21: Email indicating intent to participate, including school photo (or recent photo) and shirt size.
  • February 4-5: Fun Run.
  • February 17: Art project, Pathways to Aviation, and essay due.
  • February 24: Finalists Announced
Squadron 8 Project: STRATOS

Thank you to our Project Stratos Sponsors!

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Supported by Polk State College
SUN ‘n FUN offers educational tours of the new Ramus SkyLab Innovation Center throughout the week of SUN 'n FUN 2022.  These tours are included in the price of your admission wristband.t


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 an advance ticket purchase is required.
  • Pre-registration forms and payment must be received by FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2022.
  • Before paying, please complete the form below.

Pricing Information

Group Rates will be based on number of people in Tour Group. For more information, please contact Tracy Neal.


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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