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 the OU Sooner Flight Academy Education Programs. The Aviation Science in the Classroom program is held throughout the 2017-2018 school year and the OU Sooner Flight Academy program would occur during the summer of 2018. The primary goal of the OU Sooner Flight Academy (SFA) is to provide opportunities for learners of all ages to develop a love for aviation, to learn about the science and math of flight through hand-on experiences, and to set the stage for life-long contributions to Oklahoma aviation and other STEM career fields. Approximately 3,150 students in grades K-12 participate. The requested amount was $49,900 and the agency staff recommendation was $46,750.
“OAC has been a community partner with Sooner Flight Academy 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.