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 Rose State College's Aerospace Discovery Camp program. Four one-week camps would serve a total of 80 students in grades 7-10 during June – July 2018. The goal of the program would be to expose middle school students to the excitement of a career in aeronautics and also to expose them to the educational route to those careers through pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The requested amount was $13,602 and the agency staff recommendation was $12,000.
“OAC has been a community partner with Rose State college since 2008 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.