August 11, 2016
For Immediate Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has approved a $5,500 aerospace and aviation education grant for Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. The grant will be used to help support the university’s Take Flight! Aviation Science Camp program next June.
The funding is part of $235,000 the agency is providing over the next 12 months to programs statewide aimed at exposing more Oklahoma young people to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and careers in the aviation and aerospace industry.
“There is nothing more important that we do here at the Aeronautics Commission than to encourage young people to consider aviation as a career when they finish their post-secondary education,” Director of Aeronautics Vic Bird said. “It’s no secret that our state’s aerospace industry – one of our state’s top economic engines – needs more skilled workers, especially as our workforce approaches retirement age. These worthwhile programs receiving state funding are doing their part to help make sure that that happens. So we are more than happy to join them in that endeavor.”
The Take Flight! Aviation Science Camp, which will serve 20 students in grades 8-10, will be held on the university’s main campus in Durant, as well as at Eaker Field, Durant’s local airport. Funding will go toward student housing on campus, meals, ASI Aircraft/facilities, transportation and supplies.
During the weeklong camp, students will cover such topics as aerodynamics, aircraft design/performance, flight and navigation and weather.
Aerospace and aviation education is one of the Aeronautics Commission’s top priorities. Since FY2001, it has provided $2.3 million in aerospace and education funding to organizations and programs throughout the state. Just within the last 5 years alone, the Commission has awarded nearly $1 million in education grants and contracts.
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
by Sandra Shelton, Director of Communications & Government Affairs
Phone: (405) 604-6900
110 N Robinson, Suite 200, Oklahoma City, OK 73102