Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, recently announced it will award a $50,000 grant to the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation for a project being implemented by the Oklahoma A+ Schools Institute at UCO.

The grant will fund the GREA+ Boeing STEAM Challenge for first and second grade classrooms in four Oklahoma City area elementary schools, including Britton Elementary, Esperanza Elementary, Nichols Hills Elementary and Stanley Hupfeld Academy Charter School. The project aims to increase student awareness of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) concepts and careers.

“We are so excited to be partnering with Boeing to bring innovative, arts-based learning to students during the school day,” said Sandra Kent, executive director of OKA+ Schools Institute at UCO. 

“This collaboration is allowing us to help connect STEAM to literacy and also inspire extended use of the STEAM labs, which have been added to schools in the Oklahoma City Public Schools district this year.”

The GREA+ Boeing STEAM challenge is centered on student literature. Participating students will read books and find the STEAM concepts within the reading. A total of six units will be implemented by each participating class this semester, each focusing on different aspects, concepts and STEAM careers.

"The intersection between STEM and the arts is critical," said Kristin Holland, community investor, Boeing Global Engagement. 

"Boeing is excited to partner with Oklahoma A+ Schools Institute on this innovative program that exposes young students to STEAM concepts and careers using familiar childhood stories."

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