Patty Wagstaff to appear at Build A Plane’s Teachers’ Day in Oshkosh

Three-time national aerobatic champion and International Aerospace Hall of Famer Patty Wagstaff will speak at Build A Plane’s 2013 Teachers’ Day  on Tuesday, July 30 at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.

“We cannot tell you how excited we are to have the first lady of aviation come to our program and share her experiences with teachers from all across the United States,” Build A Plane’s Executive Director Katrina Bradshaw said.

Wagstaff is a six-time member of the US Aerobatic Team and the first woman to ever become the national aerobatics champion. Her airplane now hangs in the Smithsonian Museum in the Pioneers of Flight Gallery. Patty also donates a tremendous amount of her time to charitable endeavors, including travel to East Africa to train pilots for the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) who protect Kenya’s elephants, rhino and other natural resources from poachers.

Now in its fifth year, Build A Plane’s Teachers’ Day provides teachers with ideas and insight to use aviation as a way to motivate America’s youth to learn subjects such as science, technology, engineering and math.  Teachers will hear a series of presentations and insight from a variety of aviation alphabet groups, including AOPA, EAA, GAMA, and the FAA, as well as from the National Air & Space Museum, Honeywell, Aviation Explorers and more.

“Teachers’ Day is free and open to any teacher who’d like to participate,” Bradshaw continued. “Participants can register at BuildAPlane.org. By attending the event, teachers get free admittance to AirVenture compliments of EAA as well as a free lunch and free parking.”

Attendees participating in Teacher’s Day can also receive one Graduate Credit from Viterbo University. A special rate of $220 has been provided. Additional information can be obtained by writing lee@viterbo-online.com.

Build A Plane is a non-profit organization that gives kids a chance to build real airplanes in school, placing more than 200 general aviation aircraft into schools across the United States since 2003.

For more information: 804-843-3321 or BuildAPlane.org.

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