On Friday, June 14, three members of the Canandaigua Composite Squadron presented Pat Atkinson’s Penn Yan Elementary School fifth grade class with the Civil Air Patrol’s Aerospace Education Excellence Award.
Captain John Bradley III, commander of the Canandaigua Composite Squadron, presented Pat Atkinson and her fifth grade class with the Civil Air Patrol’s Aerospace Education Excellence Award during Penn Yan Elementary School’s Annual Awards Assembly.
In a private presentation earlier that afternoon, Captain Bradley, Major Stan Skrabut, deputy commander for seniors, and Cadet Major Jaclyn Bradley, aerospace education mentor, presented the fifth grade students with Certificates of Aerospace Education Excellence.
Atkinson’s class earned their award by learning how to dehydrate food, creating a space suit, and building chemical fuel rockets. Throughout the year, they participated in teamwork exercises and researched famous aviation pioneers like the Wright Brothers. The class’ capstone was a fieldtrip to the Challenger Learning Center of Greater Rochester where the students participated in project “Destination Mars.” One part of the class took on the roles of mission control and the others worked on a simulated spacecraft.
The following students each received a Certificate of Aerospace Education Excellence for their hard work throughout the year: Arik Arden, Dailynn, Beauchamp, Danielle Bulla, Kaylee Bush, Brantly Ellis, Lacey Gottshall, Joel Keith, Alex Killebrew, Catherine Kratochvil, Carol Loan, Jessica Monroe, Amber Nason, Alex Newby, Bethany Parsons, Kimberly Potts, Elizabeth Ritsler, Eric Ronchi, Joshua Roth, Phillip Shipe, Sloane Snyder, and Jedidiah Voak.
Civil Air Patrol awards teachers and their students with the Aerospace Education Excellence Award when they have completed a course of instruction from November through April. Students must complete six hands-on aerospace focused activities. Additionally, they must participated in an Aerospace Education Day. Civil Air Patrol promotes the use of aerospace themes to help educators excite and motivate their students to excel in science, math, technology, language arts, social studies, plus other traditional subjects.