The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) and RTCA, Inc. have partnered to create a new scholarship program targeted at educators teaching grades Pre-K - 6th grade. The scholarship application will be available by September 30 and will be distributed in curriculum binders and through other channels including the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RCTA) website.
The purpose of the scholarship program is to support educators who are sharing the concepts of aviation and aerospace with students through the curriculum portion of the NAHF’s education program Discovering Flight with the NAHF. The STEM/STEAM-based, multidisciplinary curriculum, Problem Solving with Wilbur and Orville, is created by ThinkTV/PBS and is a part of a course designed to empower educators and inspire students. The ideal candidates are educators who have a special interest in enhancing their knowledge and abilities through professional development in STEM/STEAM fields and who are pursuing continuing education credits in this area. RTCA and NAHF plan to award five scholarships in the next 12 months.
The scholarship program supports both organizations’ core values including demonstrating community support through enhanced STEM/STEAM educational opportunities, particularly in underserved areas.
“This program will provide a means for elementary school educators to confidently inspire future generations of aviation professionals that will attract and enhance our great industry,” said RTCA President and CEO, Terry McVenes.