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 Salina School District for the program held through the 2017 – 2018 school year. The scope of the program introduces students to weather concepts, aeronautical concepts, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). This includes design, creation, and testing of their own gliders, rockets, and drones, and guiding the UAVs either through remote control, programming, and/or first person view. It is estimated that 850 students would participate. The requested amount was $20,982 and the agency staff recommendation was $8,493.
“OAC is a first-time community partner with Salina Public Schools 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.