OKLAHOMA CITY – Twenty-five organizations were recently awarded Aerospace and Aviation Education Program grants or contracts totaling over $270,000 from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC). The record amount of 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. The funding was approved by the Commission at their most recent meeting.
The Commission approved an education contract for Tulsa Air and Space Museum. This program included building an interactive, touch screen table that will allow students to select a fuselage, wings, and engine(s) in order to build an airplane and see if it will fly. The program explores the four forces of flight through a fun, interactive platform and is ongoing from September 2017. The requested amount was $34,500 and the agency staff recommendation was $11,500.
“OAC has been a community partner with the Tulsa Air & Space Museum since 2015 through the aviation education grant program, and we look forward to seeing the progress they achieve with their students,” said Catherine Taber, aviation program manager and aviation education coordinator for the Commission.