August 11, 2016
For Immediate Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – Two organizations were recently awarded Aerospace and Aviation Education Program grants or contracts totaling nearly $7,500 from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC). The funds will be used to expose more school-aged children in Oklahoma to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers, particularly those in aerospace and aviation.
“I don’t think there is anything we do as a state aviation agency that is more important than aviation and aerospace education,” Director of Aeronautics Vic Bird said. “It is going to help us provide the workforce we need to keep growing the aerospace industry in Oklahoma, and it will help ensure that we have the safest aviation system in the world.”
Bird noted that aerospace is one of the state’s top five industry ecosystems and is responsible for more than 120,000 direct jobs statewide. Aerospace products and services are also the state’s No. 1 export, he said.
Duncan Public Schools (DHS) received a grant for $928 that will be used to support their “DHS STEM” Program. DHS STEM is a youth educational enrichment program which will serve 40 students directly and 160 students indirectly. The program will expose Duncan-area STEM students to Oklahoma’s aerospace industry. Emphasis will also be placed on the “Bernoulli Effect” and its importance in modern commercial flight.
The Aeronautics Commission also awarded a $6,500 contract to the Red River Technology Center to provide 30 students access to Project Lead the Way in Aerospace. Students will learn about the governance of space and will consider applications of aerospace concepts and engineering.
Recognized nationally as having one of the most robust aviation education programs among state aviation agencies, OAC has provided nearly $1.6 million in education funding within the last 10 years alone, including more than $235,000 this year.
In order for a program to be eligible for an education grant or contract, it must meet certain requirements. Most importantly, the program must demonstrate that its curriculum is geared toward aviation.
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
by Sandra Shelton, Director of Communications & Government Affairs
Phone: (405) 604-6900
110 N Robinson, Suite 200, Oklahoma City, OK 73102