Several donors have boosted the cash stipend for the 26th Annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of the Year Award from its original amount of $1,500 to $5,000, according to officials with the National Aviation Hall of Fame, who added the call for entries has been extended to June 30.
The award is a juried competition open to current teachers serving grades K through 12.
Guidelines and nomination forms are online. A review committee of aerospace industry and education professionals will examine each submission for documentation of a teacher’s effectiveness, creativity, and ability to maintain high standards for their students and themselves, with aerospace being the core subject matter or curricula.
The 2012 Crossfield Award recipient will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Dayton where they will receive their $5,000 cash stipend as part of the 50th Anniversary NAHF Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony held in Dayton on Saturday, Oct. 6.
The 2011 Crossfield awardee, Shella R. Condino of Presidio High School, Presidio, Texas, was featured last month on CBS Evening News and CBS Sunday Morning programs, and her students were recent guests of President Obama at the White House Science Fair. Condino was recognized for her use of aerospace, including rocketry, to teach advanced physics to her students, despite the challenges of being located in one of the most remote regions of the U.S. A team of her middle school students recently finished 11th out of 100 teams at the Team America Rocketry Challenge, hosted by the Aerospace Industries Association at The Plains, Virginia.
The Crossfield Award is named in honor of its founder, A. Scott Crossfield (1921-2006), who was inducted into the NAHF in 1983 in recognition of his contributions as a naval aviator, aerospace engineer and test pilot. He was the first man to successfully fly at speed above Mach 2 and Mach 3, the first man to fly the X-15, and contributed to the safety of manned spaceflight. Crossfield had a lifelong respect for the dedicated educators who had helped him along his path. He founded the award as a tangible way to recognize teachers who use aerospace education as a way to foster the development of their young students.
For more information: NationalAviation.org or 937-256-0944 ext. 10.
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