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 grant for the Fly with Banning program focusing on James Herman Banning, the first African American to earn a US Department of Commerce Pilot's License. The program will run from April 1, 2018 through April 30, 2018. Included in the exhibit are discussions related to the forces of flight, meteorology, math, and aviation history. The program will bring STEM education to life and illustrate the value of STEM in real-life situations. Approximately 50,000 students will be served. The requested amount was $15,000 and the agency staff recommendation was $11,500.
“OAC is a first-time community partner with Greatest Stories Never Told 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.