There were 39 entries, representing 29 ACE chapters throughout the United States, and Century was the only finalist selected from the west coast. Under the guidance of their ACE Mentor, Tom Nusbickle, this is only the second time the Century team has entered the CIRT-ACE competition.
The student’s ambitious project, an Air & Space Museum, included detailed designs for all of the museum’s spaces. They also mapped out each area and submitted final design boards. The museum was designed in one of the decommissioned hangars at the former Tustin Marine Corp Air Station and included an I-Max exhibit, simulator, roller coaster ride, hall of fame, training center, library, and gift shop.
ACE is a high school mentoring program founded in 1994 and has been at Century High School since 2002. The national ACE program was awarded the 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The award recognizes the critical role mentoring plays in the academic, personal, and career development of students studying science and engineering.