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 the Stafford Air and Space Museum to add two motion-based flight simulators. The simulators will provide realistic motion and have virtual reality capability for a full flight simulation experience. The museum serves approximately 10,000 students each year through school tours, summer camps and via walk-ins. The program will reach K-12 students and will begin September 30, 2017. The requested amount was $20,607 and the agency staff recommendation was $15,107.
“OAC has been a community partner with Stafford Air and Space Museum before in 2011 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.