Founded by the late A. Scott Crossfield in 1986, the award is open to current classroom teachers from grades K through 12 from any public, private or parochial school. A review committee of aerospace industry and education professionals will examine nominations 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 their curricula.
The Crossfield Award winner will be presented a $1,500 cash stipend at the NAHF President's Dinner Friday, July 17, 2009. The selected educator, and guest, will receive an all expenses paid trip to Dayton and be NAHF's guest at the 48th Annual Enshrinement Ceremony, held Saturday, July 18th.
Our 2008 winner, Chantelle Rose, a science teacher at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio, engages her students with her passion for flight, but also enthusiastically shares her expertise with other classroom teachers and young people in her community. An innocent fascination with rocketry has expanded into an entire curriculum on flight – beginning with Harriet Quimby to the NASA Engineering Design Challenge. Each year she gives her students opportunities to engineer and create tasks associated with NASA projects. Over the course of two weeks, students research past shuttle missions and write a mission script, research past mission patches and explore the symbolism involved, design a mission patch for their mission and construct a 1/3 scale model of the space shuttle orbiter. It is a challenging project that ends with a simulated "shuttle launch."
Crossfield was inducted into the NAHF in 1983 in recognition of his contributions made as a naval aviator, aerospace engineer and test pilot. He is best known as the first man to successfully fly at speeds of Mach 2 and Mach 3, and contributing to the safety of manned spaceflight, among his many other achievements.
The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2009. Information about the Crossfield Award purpose and qualifications may be found along with submission forms at www.nationalaviation.org or by calling 1-888-383-1903 x11.
Ron Kaplan NAHF Executive Director TEL: (937) 256-0944 ext. 16 CEL: (937) 212-8847