U.S. Rep From Missouri Is Also A Homebuilder, Pilot
U.S. Representative Sam Graves (R-MO6) (pictured,
right) will be a featured guest speaker at the Build A Plane
Teacher's Day during AirVenture Oshkosh on Monday, July 26. Graves,
a long-time pilot and aircraft homebuilder, is very committed to
aviation issues on Capitol Hill. He is also an active member of the
House General Aviation Caucus.
Build A Plane, a non-profit aviation education organization, in
cooperation with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association
(GAMA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will sponsor
Teacher's Day for the second year during AirVenture. The program is
designed to expose teachers to a variety of programs and curricula
that allow educators to put aviation in classrooms, from
kindergarten through high school.
"We are excited to have Congressman Graves join us - he is a
parent and aviator who truly understands how useful aviation can be
in helping kids understand and learn the fundamentals of science,
math, engineering and technology," says Lyn Freeman, Build A
Plane's founder. "Today's students respond to real world
applications and challenges and aviation really captures their
Teachers will be exposed to materials from private industry, the
federal government and aviation organizations that teach students
about aviation. Participants will have the opportunity to take part
in a number of hands-on presentations and to speak directly to
program specialists. A wide variety of free take-home materials
will be available for all attendees.
"There are some truly remarkable programs out there for
absolutely all grade levels," said Katrina Bradshaw, Build A
Plane's executive director. "Not only can teachers use aviation to
motivate kids to learn science, math, technology and engineering,
but this is a chance to allow their students to start a lifelong
love affair with aviation!"
Teacher's Day at AirVenture is made possible by the generous
support of EAA and GAMA. Attendees also get a free one day pass to
AirVenture, compliments of EAA. Teachers can receive one graduate
credit by attending the entire program.