By Mary Grady, Contributing editor
Eight high-school students will win a free trip to the Glasair build center in Arlington, Wash., this June, in a new educational competition announced this week by GAMA and Build-A-Plane. The students will participate in Glasair's "Two Weeks to Taxi" program, building two Sportsman airplanes and learning about science, technology, engineering and math. "This competition will give students the opportunity to explore general aviation," said Pete Bunce, GAMA president. "We need to expose young people to the exciting and rewarding careers that await them in the aerospace industry and ensure they have the tools to succeed." High schools who wish to enter the competition should call Katrina Bradshaw of Build-A-Plane at 804-843-3321 immediately, as space in the competition is limited.
Teachers who participate in the challenge will be issued free "Fly To Learn" software that provides tools for teachers to guide students through the process of building an aircraft on a computer. Each high school will select one design that will compete in a virtual fly-off. The top two schools will each be funded to send four students plus their teacher and a chaperone to Glasair, and take field trips to visit the nearby Boeing factory and the Museum of Flight. Also this week, the National Aviation Hall of Fame said it is seeking entries for the 27th annual Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award, which includes a $5,000 cash stipend. The deadline for nominations is June 1. For more information and submission forms, go to the NAHF website or call 888-383-1903, ext. 11.