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Rick Crosslin (IN '98)

Scientist in Residence

MSD Wayne Township Schools
Indianapolis, IN

At the time of the Award, Rick Crosslin was:

Chapel Glen Elementary School
Indianapolis, IN

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 4

Biographical Information

Rick Crosslin, school liaison for science learning at the Indianapolis Children's Museum and former science teacher for the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, has received numerous awards recognizing him as an outstanding classroom teacher. His awards include a 2005 Emmy for DataCast Demonstration: Technical Achievement (along with WFYI, the PBS TV affiliate in Indianapolis), a 2004 Indiana University School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award, a 2001 Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, the 1999 Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc. Distinguished Service Award and a 1998 Milken Educator Award. Other awards include the 1997 Indiana Exemplary Teacher Network Award, finalist for the 1996 Indiana Teacher of the Year, the 1996 MSD of Wayne Township Teacher of the Year, 1990 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, and the Interstate Mining Compact Commission's 2008 National Mineral Educator award. Crosslin has 20 years' experience with summer camps and is currently the director of the Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana. He has taught grades three, four and six in Indiana and Cairo, Egypt, and graduate courses for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). In addition, he has taught pre-school children at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, adolescent teens at the Indiana Department of Correction Boys' School, and intergenerational classes at Oasis centers. He is the author of the monthly science section of the publication, Inquisitive Kids, writing as Mr. C the Scienceman and sharing his expertise and motto, "This is science. Try it yourself!" He is also the host and creator of "Indiana Expeditions," a television program about science that airs on WFYI.

Personal Message

Dear Milken Educators, I love teaching science. I would love to share my experiences with you. I run a summer science camp, workshops, and I am always looking for new projects and partnerships.

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Additional Information


1976 Masters of Science Education, Indiana University

Curricular Materials Development Curious Scientific Investigators: Flight Adventures, Grade 3-5 Unit of Study NASA funded aeronautics project in partnership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics – author; content specialist for multi-media planetarium sho

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