Rick Crosslin, District Scientist in Residence at MSD Wayne Township, has received numerous awards recognizing him as a classroom teacher. His awards include 2015 TechPoint Foundation 2015 Bridge Builder Award, 2016 Creative Teaching Award Eli Lilly Foundation, a 2011 Academy of Model Aeronautics Education Outreach Appreciation Award, 2011 Society of Professional Journalism Best Medial/Science Reporting, Indiana Expeditions 2010 Indiana Wildlife Federation, Education Conservationist award, Indiana 2010 Society of Professional Journalism Best Indiana Environmental, Indiana Expeditions, 2009 Emmy for Indiana Expeditions Children’s science program and a 2005 Emmy Technical Achievement PBS WFYI, 2004 Indiana University School of Education Distinguished Alumni, 2001 Christa McAuliffe Fellow, the 1999 Hoosier Association of Science Teachers Inc. Distinguished Service Award, the 1998 Milken National Educator Award, the 1997 Indiana Exemplary Teacher Network Award, finalist for the 1996 Indiana Teacher of the Year, the 1996 MSD Wayne Township Teacher of the Year, 1990 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, and the Interstate Mining Compact Commission 2008 National Mineral Educator award.
Rick has over 30 years’ experience with summer camps. He is the camp director of the STEM Science Summer Safari for grades 3-6 in MSD Wayne Township. He has taught grades 3, 4, 6 in Indiana and Cairo, Egypt and graduate courses for IUPUI. In addition, he has taught at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, adolescent teens at the Indiana Department of Correction Boys’ School, intergenerational classes at Oasis centers, and former camp director of the Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana. He was the host and executive director of Emmy award winning Indiana Expeditions a WFYI PBS science television program where he shares his expertise and motto: Science is for Everyone! Host and Executive Producer The Great American Total Solar Eclipse 2017. TEDx Presentation – Science is For Everyone 2019.
Would you like to learn how to host your own model aviation day camp? AMA Day Camp is a resource for educators, parents, and/or clubs wanting to make a positive connection in their community! Here you will find instructional videos that provide numerous model aviation activities. These activities can easily be utilized in the classroom, during summer events, or at home! Each tutorial provides step-by-step directions on how to complete and teach the activity to a group of children.
The FPG-9 activity will help you teach the basic science concepts of flight using a 9-inch foam plate. This activity requires very little time, and is great for very young children.
This video will show you how to build and fly the Jetstream Glider. This is a great activity to do with your kids outside or in a gymnasium!
This video will help you teach your students basic science concepts using paper airplanes, and have lots of fun in the process!
This video will show you how to build rockets with your kids at home or in the classroom!
This video will show you how to create your own parachutes with your students. Very little materials are required!
Here are some sample forms to assist you with your flight camp:
The AMA has been awarded two grants from the ARCONIC Foundation, formerly ALCOA. The results have been AeroLab (see the video below) and our current project to provide aviation education kits to Arconics worldwide for use in classrooms.
Science Olympiad (SO)
The Academy sponsors aviation events annually in the Science Olympiad and provides $5,000 annually to assist winners to attend secondary education. In addition, a member of the AMA Education Committee was the designer of the 2013 aviation challenge, a balsa catapult glider.
NASA is a grant partner in the permanent display of model aviation in the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (the world’s largest), Flight Adventures unit of study, and Wings Over Indiana, a 60-minute PBS documentary television show on the role of models in aviation and aerospace.
Soaring Society of America
The Soaring Society of America, or SSA, was formed in 1932 to foster and promote all phases of full-scale soaring or gliding.
FAA STEM-AVSED Program (Aviation & Space Education)
The mission of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.
View a demonstration of how to build an indoor catapult-launch glider! Hosted by AMA members Rick Crosslin and Tom Sanders. Plans, a material list and instructions that describe how to build an indoor catapult-launch glider are included with this video.
DOWNLOAD our instructions to build your own wind tube! Wind tubes are a fun tool to help participants explore the movement of air, providing an opportunity to improve flight performance on a small scale.