Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Aviation Education Grants Awarded

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Aviation Education Grants Awarded

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission awarded Aerospace and Aviation Education Program grants or contracts totaling $218,000 to 24 organizations.

The money will be used to expose more school-aged children in Oklahoma to science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, careers, particularly those in aerospace and aviation.

"I don't think there is anything we do as a state aviation agency that is more important than aviation and aerospace education," said Vic Bird, director of aeronautics. "This is an investment in our state, our national security, and the world's safest aviation system."

The largest grants were awarded to University of Oklahoma Sooner Flight Academy, $50,000; Starbase Oklahoma Inc., $30,000; and AeroSpace America International, $25,000.

Other grant recipients included Coleman Public Schools, $2,500; Duncan Public Schools, $928; Edmond North High School, $1,000; First Robotics Competition, $5,000; Great Plains Technology Center, Pre- Engineering Aeronautics Club, $3,000; Hillcrest Elementary School, El Reno Public Schools, $3,360; KISS Institute for Practical Robotics, $10,000; Merritt Public Schools, $2,900; MetroTechnology Centers, Aviation Career Campus, $15,000; Newspapers in Education Institute, $5,000; Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership, $5,000; Oklahoma Education Television Authority, $5,000; Oklahoma Engineering Foundation, $5,000; Oklahoma State University, Operation High Flight, $3,000; Ponca City Regional Airport, Northern Oklahoma Flight Academy, $10,500; Red River Technology Center, Project Lead the Way in Aerospace, $6,500; Rose State College, Aerospace Discovery Camp, $13,500; Southeastern Oklahoma State University, $5,500; Tulsa Air & Space Museum, Inc. …

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