Project: STRATOS

Project: STRATOS

During the 2017 SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo, we will be continuing the 4th annual Project: STRATOS essay contest, a dual purpose program that will reward students for aerospace based research efforts and raise awareness and funding for SUN ‘n FUN’s year round educational activities.

Entries will be accepted from all High School juniors (or high school students currently in their 3rd year).  From the hundreds of entries, a pool of up to 24 Semi-Finalists will be selected. Semi-Finalists will be determined in the form of an aerospace-themed essay contest as described below.  The length of the essay should be no more than one (1) page in 12 point Times New Roman font.  Three primary topics will be available:

  • People – What was their accomplishment, and why is it significant?
  • Events – What made this event significant to the evolution of aviation?
  • Aircraft/spacecraft – What made this a milestone for aviation?

From the Semi-Finalists interviews will be conducted at the Aerospace Center for Excellence for Polk County Students or via a telephone interview to determine the 10 finalists which will be awarded the distinction of being STRATOS Squadron Ambassadors to the 2017 SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo.

Rewards for semi-finalists

  • Two free day of choice passes to SUN ‘n FUN 2017
  • Publication of their name and school in the SUN ‘n FUN Program Guide.
  • SUN ‘n FUN Keychain
  • Project STRATOS T-Shirt

Rewards for finalists

  • Possibility of a flight with one of the airshow performers
  • Participation in the Blue Angels symposium
  • NIKON Camera with Memory Card
  • Four (4) Free week-long passes to SUN n FUN 2017
  • 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
  • Publication of their name and school in the SUN ‘n FUN Program guide

Project Dates:

  • January 11: Project released via media outlets
  • February 6: Essays are due.  Individual essays should be Emailed to STRATOS@flysnf.org along with students shirt size and picture
  • February 13-15: Semi-Finalist Interviews conducted
  • February 21: Finalists Announced

Project: STRATOS Semi- Finalists 

After careful consideration the following students have been chosen as Semi- Finalists for 2017 Project STRATOS:

Nathan Chandler Central Florida Aerospace Academy
Hannah Spivey Central Florida Aerospace Academy
Natalie Anderson Central Florida Aerospace Academy
Nikki Walker Central Florida Aerospace Academy
Brian Hernandez Central Florida Aerospace Academy
Olivia Correll Bloomingdale High School

Project: STRATOS Finalists 

After careful consideration the following students have been chosen as Finalists for 2017 Project STRATOS:

Robert Locke Central Florida Aerospace Academy
Justin Dal Colletto Central Florida Aerospace Academy
Adam Saoud Central Florida Aerospace Academy
Luke Liptak Central Florida Aerospace Academy
Andrew Pitman Central Florida Aerospace Academy
Gianna Azzaro Central Florida Aerospace Academy
Mark Brigman Central Florida Aerospace Academy
Slade Rosemond Central Florida Aerospace Academy
Isaac Graves Central Florida Aerospace Academy
Seraiah Needham Needham Family Homeschool


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Sponsoring Project STRATOS is a direct way for your company to help SUN ‘n FUN “Create a Brighter Future through Aviation”. Our primary mission here at SUN ‘n FUN is to introduce and guide as many young people as possible into the rewarding opportunities a career in aviation can offer. Your contribution to Project: STRATOS will help us in that mission by providingvaluable funding that will help us continue to develop your future employees, clients, and stockholders.

This year, the program will challenge students from Polk County junior classmen in the form of an aerospace-themed essay contest administered by their teachers. Three primary topics will be available for the students to choose from, with subtopics in each: Historic Aircraft, Events in Aviation, and People in Aviation.

From these participants, 10 students will be selected and awarded the distinction of being STRATOS Squadron Ambassadors to the 2017 SnF Fly-In. The winning essays will be published in the Fly-In Official Souvenir Program Guide, along with the winner’s photo and bio.

Funds from this year’s Project STRATOS campaign will go towards facilities and technology infrastructure improvements to the Florida Air Museum, its surrounding grounds and structures. Right now, the museum is undergoing a transformation from being a history center into a state-of-the-art learning experience as part of the newly named Aerospace Center for Excellence (A.C.E). STEM-based education stations are being added now that will allow students to interact and participate in real world environments that immerse them in the subject and enhance their understanding through hands-on applications.

The seven buildings that form the A.C.E. campus here on the grounds at SUN ‘n FUN are being painted and branded with new signage, a new logo, and a coordinated outreach effort to put a face on what is already a very successful program. The Central Florida Aerospace Academy (a Polk County Public High School Career Academy), Buehler Restoration Skills Center, Tom Davis Education Center, Piedmont Hangar, Crossfield Classroom Building, the Florida Air Museum, and Museum Pavilion all now form a combination of formal aerospace education and classroom extensions that are available to students from all over the world. Our year-round activities include week long aviation camps for six weeks during the summer, the annual Wings and Things Youth Aerospace Weekend, and ongoing STEM-tastic ™ Educational programs.

Our facelift and re-imagined branding will continue this fantastic work and open doors to new funding and participation from higher education institutions, technology employers, and other critical elements in the aviation sector. Students in our programs are getting a huge head start toward becoming the next generation of pilots, mechanics, and other aviation support personnel.

 

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

$10,000 – Presenting Sponsor

  • Sponsor name and logo on the introduction page for essay pages published in the Official SUN ‘n FUN Souvenir Program Guide: “Project: STRATOS Presented by SPONSOR NAME”
  • Listing as Presenting Sponsor in all Project: STRATOS related announcements and events
  • Sponsor logo on STRATOS Squadron Shirts
  • Presenting Sponsor acknowledgement in Press Conference announcing Project: STRATOS during the Fly-In
  • Presenting Sponsor Acknowledgement in Press Releases announcing Project STRATOS and the winners prior to the Fly-In
  • Visit and photo op from the entire STRATOS Squadron at Sponsor’s exhibit during the Fly-In
  • Listing as Presenting Sponsor in signage posted in the Florida Air Museum for one year

$2500 – Squadron Sponsor

  • Sponsor name and logo next to one STRATOS Squadron essay winner’s photo and essay in Official SUN ‘n FUN Souvenir Program Guide
  • Custom ad to appear beneath winner’s essay in Official SUN ‘n FUN Souvenir Program Guide
  • Visit and photo op from one STRATOS Squadron essay winner at Sponsor’s exhibit during the Fly-In
  • Listing as Squadron Sponsor on signage to be posted in Florida Air Museum for one year

$1000 – Crew Sponsor

  • Sponsor logo on thank you page in Official SUN ‘n FUN Souvenir Program Guide
  • Listing as Crew Sponsor on signage to be posted in Florida Air Museum for one year

$500 – Associate Sponsor

  • Sponsor logo on thank you page in Official SUN ‘n FUN Souvenir Program Guide
  • Listing as Associate Sponsor on signage to be posted in Florida Air Museum for one year

We hope you will join us in this new level of education interactivity. Again, these students are your future clients, employees, and shareholders. Giving them the best opportunities possible helps insure our own future by building better citizens.

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