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 STARBASE Oklahoma Inc.'s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) STEM for the Stars program. The program will provide hands-on, inquiry-based Aerospace STEM educational enrichment programs to 5,000 Oklahoma 5th graders through traditional STARBASE curriculum provided on day a week for six consecutive weeks, as well as to 6th-8th grad students via STARBASE 2.0, an after school STEM mentoring program. The requested amount was $30,000 and the agency staff recommendation was $27,500.
“OAC has been a community partner with STARBASE Oklahoma since 2006 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.