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7:53 PM Sat, Sept. 22nd

Toymaker, college team up for event

Two months ago, Prescott toymaker Luc Baush received Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's "Distinguished Alumni" award.

In turn, Bausch praised ERAU for "letting me flourish."

Bausch said he designed and built projects at ERAU – "whatever I thought up."

Bausch and ERAU are now working together on "The Great American AeroDerby," a youth aviation event they're planning for July in which middle school and high school students from all over the country will compete with fliers and gliders for multi-thousand-dollar scholarships.

"It's meant to bring kids into aviation and get them to do something besides sitting in front of the TV or computer," Bausch said.

He and the university are patterning the event after the Akron, Ohio, Soapbox Derby competitions, except with planes, he said.

"For (Embry-Riddle) it's a missing link – an opportunity to become a resource for teachers looking for ways in which they can include this kind of technology in the classroom," said David Roy, associate director of alumni and parent relations at Embry-Riddle.

"The derby is a culmination of the learning – all ages can work towards the Great AeroDerby," Bausch added.

Sometime this month, ERAU will post information about the Great AeroDerby on the Web at greatamericanderby.com.