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 to Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance. The week-long Sky Full of Kites project gives elementary students the opportunity to build their own kites; from design, to construction, to flight! These kites serve as a model specifically designed to help K-5 students increase their understanding of STEM-related topics and increase their levels of curiosity in aerospace and aviation. In Sky Full of Kites, students are introduced to the history, physics, math, and art of aviation through flight-related lessons in the classroom. The requested amount was $10,000 and the agency staff recommendation was $5,000.
“OAC is a two-year community grant partner with Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance 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.