The Edmond Sun

July 22, 2013

Aerospace Partnership Day invites teachers

Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 31 Oklahoma CareerTech and Rose State College will partner, along with local aerospace companies, education organizations and government and business groups, to put on the sixth annual Oklahoma Aerospace Education and Industry Partnership Day. All activities will take place on the Rose State College campus.

The overall goal of AEIP is to develop a future Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) based workforce for Oklahoma’s aerospace industry.

“Tomorrow’s workforce is in today’s classroom; therefore, a strong and active partnership between education and industry is a necessity,” said Gen. Ben Robinson, USAF retired, who serves as the AEIP chairman.

The concept of AEIP is to create educational relevance and understanding of the Oklahoma aerospace industry by bringing together Oklahoma STEM teachers in grades 3-12 with Oklahoma aerospace business and government partners. All teachers attending are designated an Oklahoma Aerospace Fellow.

This year’s program has enrolled 100 teachers and features an address by Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Director Victor Bird and an employee panel of aerospace engineers and technicians. Dr. Melchor Antunano, director of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Civil Aeronautical Medical Institute, will be the luncheon speaker.

The employee panel will feature an aerospace engineer from the FAA, a business and engineering employee from the Boeing Company, and an aviation entrepreneur from Sundance Airpark. Throughout the day, the Fellows will be treated to breakout sessions demonstrating innovative teaching techniques and hear from STEM education organizations. Each Fellow will have a chance to apply for grants up to $2,000 and each will receive a $110 credit for purchases through PITSCO Education; a supplier of STEM education equipment, supplies and curriculum. A professional development certificate will also be provided for attendees. During the closing session, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb will present the Educational Grants sponsored by Boeing and PITSCO.

AEIP is funded by sponsors who are interested in improving the capabilities of Oklahoma teachers to use innovative approaches engage their students, use relevance to increase mastery of STEM subjects, and make the connection to one of the fastest growing industries in Oklahoma. This year’s sponsors are the Boeing Company, Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Consortium, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and the Tinker Federal Credit Union.