Summer programs at National Flight Academy

The National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida, is offering a high-tech, aviation-inspired summer program.

Enrollment for summer single and group sessions is now underway. The five-day,  immersive experience combines the love of game-playing with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum and kids. Ambition, part of the National Flight Academy’s suite of learning programs, is 100,000- square-feet of virtual play. The land-locked, simulated aircraft carrier was created theatrically and scenically to resemble the real deal, officials note.

Only the Department of Defense has more simulators, they add. The staterooms aboard Ambition have bunks that sleep six, just like on a real aircraft carrier, with private VIP rooms for chaperones. Catered food service is provided in the galley. Six members define a team, and the programs are filled with both (individual kids as well as groups). An incentive known as the Ambition Boost is available for groups of six or more. “It is the ultimate team-building environment,” says middle school teacher Annette Smith. “The kids with varying degrees of talents in STEM and soft skills like critical thinking and communication have to work together to complete missions to do better than the other squadron. It is teaming at its best and so much fun to watch.”

Ambition is located on the Naval Air Station (NAS) in Pensacola, Florida, adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico and the National Naval Aviation Museum, the largest Naval Aviation museum in the world. “We have invested in every premium technology. Everything here is what they call next gen for what we hope is the next generation of heroes, innovators, leaders and workers,” said National Flight Academy President Gerry Hoewing.

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