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 Metro Technology Center’s 2018 Aviation Career Exploration (ACE) Camp program. The goal of the Aviation Career Exploration (ACE) camp was to expose 7th and 8th grade students to careers available within the aerospace industry. Using a STEM curriculum, students would gain an understanding of the history of aviation and aerospace, learn how to identify the various parts of an airplane, and be provided an orientation flight to experience the principles of flight first-hand. The requested amount was $15,640 and the agency staff recommendation was $13,240.
“OAC has been a long-time community partner with Metro Technology Center’s Aviation Career Exploration (ACE) Camp program 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.