The National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) has awarded Build A Plane the Crown Circle Award as the 2014 inductee to the Crown Circle, which recognizes extraordinary accomplishments in leadership in Aerospace Education.
Build a Plane is a non-profit organization working in formal partnership with the FAA and many others to promote aviation education among youth in schools and after school programs throughout the United States and abroad.
The award was presented at the EAA AirVenture Teachers’ Day event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, July 29, by NCASE representative Kim Stevens.
Build A Plane, led by its founder, Lyn Freeman, joins the Crown Circle, established in 1969, as the newest member of the group. The Crown Circle features the best educators and organizations involved in aerospace education innovation and leadership, including aviation pioneers such as Chuck Yeager and the late Scott Crossfield, as well as many great nationally recognized educators from classroom teachers to school administrators, college professors, and industry and government leaders.
“This is an unbelievable honor to have Build A Plane uttered in the same breath with names associated with the Crown Circle Award and NCASE,” said Freeman.
Build A Plane projects building or restoring aircraft give students a real world, hands-on experience that often creates a lifetime love affair with aviation. Now in its 11th year, Build A Plane has donated more than 200 real airplanes or airplane kits to kids across America, Africa, India and Canada.
The National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) represents government, industry, and labor united to promote aviation education activities and resources, increase public understanding of aviation, and support educational initiatives at the local, state, and national levels.