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 Space Pal USA’s Space Camp in a Box Program. Space Camp in a Box is a unique STEM-focused Air, Space and Robotics Curriculum for children in grades 5-8. This curriculum offers a hands-on approach to learning where students gain knowledge and skills in the subjects of Air, Space and Robotics. The interactive learning environment allows students to discover their natural abilities and gives them confidence to pursue Air, Space, and Robotics and excel in other STEM subjects. The curriculum was designed to be easy to teach and flexible enough to be used in any type of learning environment. The requested amount was $20,000 and the agency staff recommendation was $5,000.
“OAC looks forward to the success of the first-time applicant, Space Pal USA, with funding from the aviation education grant program,” said Catherine Taber, aviation program manager and aviation education coordinator for the Commission.