Friday, July 15, 2011

SUN 'n FUN & FAM Congratulate CFAA's Bradner For Receiving National Award

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July 14, 2011 

SUN 'n FUN & FAM Congratulate CFAA's
Bradner For Receiving National Award

SUN ’n FUN CAMPUS, LAKELAND, FL. – SUN ’n FUN and its Florida Air Museum extend congratulations to Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) Science Instructor Lori Beth Bradner for her selection by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for its national 2011 “Excellence in Teaching” Award.

The annual award is presented by NASA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer in recognition of a K-12 educator who has demonstrated innovative use of technology in the design, content and implementation of their curriculum.  Bradner was selected from among hundreds of K-12 educator candidates from throughout the United States for the prestigious national award which will be formally presented during the NASA 2011 IT Summit in San Francisco next month.  During a special lunch program and presentation, Bradner will speak to Summit attendees regarding the scope of her award-winning curriculum.

“On behalf of SUN ’n FUN and the Florida Air Museum, I offer an enthusiastic and hearty congratulations to Lori – and the Central Florida Aerospace Academy – for this prestigious and well-deserved honor,” said John Burton, incoming President of the Florida Air Museum who formerly served as SUN ’n FUN’s President.  “Such national recognition speaks volumes for the quality of the academics and science programs that have been created and cultivated at CFAA under the leadership of Superintendent Sherrie Nickell, Workforce Education Senior Director John Small, Kathleen High School Principal Cecil McClellen and Assistant Principal Chad Smith. SUN ’n FUN and FAM stand as proud partners and mentors to the programs that Lori and her colleagues have developed that help motivate and engage students in the increasingly important disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  CFAA in general, and Lori in particular, have brought significant prestige to Lakeland, Polk County and the state of Florida in regard to quality education and innovation.”

The Central Florida Aerospace Academy is located on the SUN ’n FUN campus and operated by Polk County School Board’s Kathleen High School District. It was founded in 2009 as one of what are now 33 career academies within the Polk County School District, each of which provides basic career-oriented training as integral components of its high school curriculum.

In 2010, SUN ’n FUN received a $7.5 million grant from the Aviation Education Foundation (AEF), a Sarasota-based philanthropic foundation created by Mr. James Ray to construct a state-of-the-art, 58,000 square foot building to serve as the new home of the CFAA. The building was completed and occupied in March of this year, with a ribbon cutting ceremony taking place on the opening morning of the 2011 SUN ’n FUN International Fly-In & Expo. Current CFAA enrollment is 160 with nearly double that number expected for the coming academic year. Applications for admission as well as information about the Academy and its programs are available at

SUN ’n FUN, a 501(c)(3) not–for–profit organization based in Lakeland, Florida, is best known for its annual International Fly–In & Expo, scheduled in 2012 for March 27- April 1 at  Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida.  The event is the primary source of funding for SUN ’n FUN’s expanding year–round aviation education programs.  These include operation of the Florida Air Museum, the state’s “Official Aviation Museum and Education Center.” In addition, SUN ’n FUN has initiated education programs for aviation enthusiasts of all ages – especially young people – featuring valuable “hands on” learning experiences, such as the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) in partnership with the Polk County School Board, Polk State College, the University of South Florida Polytechnic, Gulf Coast Avionics and other education-minded organizations.  A growing scholarship program provides financial support to ensure SUN ’n FUN’s education programs are accessible to all.  For more information, access SUN ’n FUN’s website or call the SUN ’n FUN offices (863–644–2431).

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