On Monday, more than 500 fifth graders will experience what it's like to be a UCF Knight for a day.

Achieve a College Education Day (ACE) is designed to show children from local Title I schools — schools whose majority of students are living at or below poverty level — that college is possible for them.

ACE Day, which began four years ago, started as College Shadow Day in 2005 when the Burnett Honors College brought middle school students to UCF. It aims to encourage students in their transition from elementary to middle school.

Starting at 9 a.m. the fifth graders will experience a variety of activities around campus through attending liberal arts and STEM-related classes taught by UCF professors. Students will have the opportunity to hold meteorites, learn to conduct an orchestra, visit a dorm room and eat lunch at the Reflecting Pond.

Last year, over 150 college students volunteered with the program, according to the Burnett Honors College website.


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