AMES, Iowa-- The Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) in cooperation with Allegiant Air has announced The First Flight Contest 2006 to select 15 Iowa grade-school students who have never experienced flight. Winners will receive one free round-trip flight on Allegiant Air to depart out of Des Moines or Cedar Rapids and fly to any destination served by the airline.
The contest is open to any third through fifth grade student, whether they are in a parochial, public, private or home school. The student must not turn 12 before the end of August 2006 and cannot have experienced flight in any way. Winners also must be accompanied by an adult who has bought a ticket for the corresponding round-trip flight, and the flight must be taken by the end of August 2006.
A special award event will take place in late spring at the Des Moines International Airport where winners will tour the airport, an airplane and meet with ground and flight crews. Driving costs to the event will be reimbursed to winners' families.
Educational materials will be given to winners to prepare them for flight and make a report to their class in the fall of 2006. Winners also will participate in a NASA tracking program until finishing high school.
"The NASA tracking program is a database to follow students to see whether they enter science and technology fields. It's an evaluation of our programs to see if they are doing the job we want them to do," said Jay Staker, program director for ISU Extension- Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET) and associate director of the ISGC.
Teachers of winners also will benefit by having a free science in-service training that will be taught by Staker.
"The in-service will be customized to the school's needs and grade-level and will cover things available through E-SET. We want to familiarize them with the support we have available, "said Staker.
Entries are available online only at http://cosmos.ssol.iastate.edu/isgc/scholarships/firstfltapp.asp. Entrants will be notified that their entry was received and also to confirm if they won or not. Deadline is 7 a.m. on March 6 and selections will be made by March 31.
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Jay Staker, Program director at ISU Extension- Science, Engineering, and Technology and associate director of Iowa Space Grant Consortium, 515-294-8417, email@example.com