SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo - March 31 - April 5, 2020

Project: Stratos 2019-03-31T17:08:43+00:00

Project: STRATOS

PROJECT: Stratos

The Aerospace Center for Excellence is excited to announce that Project: Stratos has been re-imagined for 2019 as an aviation leadership and art program. This year’s competition for Squadron 6 is underway!

This new program is an opportunity for high school students wishing to gain a life skill, pursue a personal challenge, or express themselves through art. Although targeted to Juniors, the program is open to any high school student to participate. Also, in partnership with Stallion 51, the program has added a second year of program criteria reinforcing the aviation leadership and art criteria for finalists.  As high school Seniors, the prior year’s squadron are eligible for additional recognition and rewards  including a hands on flight in a P51 Mustang and a trip from SNF to Stallion 51’s base of operation at Kissimmee Gateway Airport.

ANY high school students may participate in any of the components and may receive recognition at the discretion of ACE. Only Juniors will be eligible for the finalist awards listed in this announcement.

The 2019 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. Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Training
  2. “Warrior Leader” through team building exercises complete with a discounted rate to participate in the Warrior Dash Feb. 9th in Clermont, FL.
  3. Original essay on “The moment the sky called” OR
  4. Original work of art with the theme “The moment the sky called”.

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students wishing to participate in Project:Stratos must be available the week of April 2-7, 2019. No housing or accommodation or transportation is provided. Project: Stratos winners are expected to participate in the 2020 SUN ‘n FUN Fly-in, as well.

Rewards for semi-finalists:

  • Two free day of choice passes to SUN ‘n FUN 2019
  • 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
  • CANON Camera with Memory Card
  • Four (4) free week-long passes to SUN ‘n FUN 2019
  • 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 February 18th but don’t wait as you’ll miss some of the component experiences.
Contact today!!

Join us in developing your future!

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 SnF Fly-In. The winning essay 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.



$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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