Most of you should have received a letter from Dean Kamen about FIRST's endeavor to honor the sacrifice made by teacher and astronaut Christa McAuliffe. What you may not know is that our own David Warner, FTC mentor/teacher at Roger Rowe, was one of the cadre of teachers considered for the "first teacher in space" and has been part of a team of teachers who honor Christa's memory. Please see the attached newspaper article about Mr. Warner and read/support the letter from Dean Kamen below!
From Dean Kamen:
I am excited to let you know that Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) have introduced a Congressional bill that is very important to FIRST®. House Bill H.R.500 would instruct the United States Mint to issue a commemorative coin honoring astronaut and teacher Christa McAuliffe.
As part of the FIRST community, we’re inspired to advocate for wider recognition of our nation’s STEM heroes. Christa was a New Hampshire native and scheduled to become the first teacher in space before she was tragically killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. Proceeds from coin sales would go directly to FIRST teams and serve as a meaningful tribute to an American school teacher hero.
Passing this bipartisan legislation will not be easy. We need at least 290 members of the House to co-sponsor H.R.500, which means we need your help. Please take a moment to contact your Representative and urge them to co-sponsor H.R.500. We’ve provided a form at the link below to make it easy.