STEM Education Embraces Virtual Exploration into The NAS Pensacola’s Flight Academy

Flying Ambition
Photo Courtesy of National Flight Academy
Participants enter the National Flight Academy across the brow and into our immersive Quarterdeck. Authentic lights|!!| sounds and even smells welcome the students onto the NFA’s landlocked aircraft carrier|!!| the AMBITION (CVT-11).

Since it opened in May 2012, seventh- to 12th-graders who venture into NAS Pensacola’s Flight Academy program have gotten to live aboard the virtual aircraft carrier Ambition, where they experience aviation-based adventure that is revolutionizing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. For six exhilarating days, curious-minded students get the rare chance to experience an immersive, aviation-based story — or mission — that weaves STEM objectives developed with the University of West Florida with important 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and communication.

One session is $1,250 per student, and scholarships are awarded each year to qualifying students. What a way to lift off a young person’s imagination. For more information visit

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