Lt. GovernorI am pleased to open the application process for the 2014 AEIP Grants Program. I am excited to announce there will be fifteen Lt. Governor Aerospace Classroom Curriculum Grants in the amount of $1000 each.

Remember, these grants are only available to those teachers who participated in a past Aerospace Education and Training Day (ETD) or Aerospace Education and Industry Partnership Day (AEIP) making them Aerospace Fellows. This means your application will not be one in a pile of thousands. Even with the increased interest in the grants, we anticipate fewer than one hundred applications.

The Lt. Governor Aerospace Classroom Curriculum Grants are made possible through a partnership between my office, the AEIP Planning Committee, Oklahoma’s Aerospace Industry, and the PITSCO Education Company. Like in years past, the grants will be redeemed with purchases in the PITSCO catalog. I encourage you to look at the PITSCO catalog and see the many hands-on educational products that support STEM learning objectives. Create a plan to incorporate these teaching tools into your classroom and submit your application.

The review committee will be looking for strategies that engage students, promote discovery learning, are innovative, and target STEM mastery. The applications are not limited to aerospace activities or objectives, but given a tie, an aerospace grant would prevail.

Please take the time to fill out an application and let us know about some of the great things occurring in Oklahoma classrooms. We have partnered again this year to continue this valuable grant program because we recognize that a passionate teacher with the proper tools is one of the most effective force multipliers Oklahoma has to grow STEM education.

Thank you for choosing to be a teacher and an Aerospace Fellow. Good luck! And, we hope to see you at the 2014 AEIP on July 31st at Rose State College.

Lt. Governor Todd Lamb 

Introducing the USA-OK & AEIP Unmanned Aerial Systems Grants!

Two grants of $2000 each will be awarded at the July 31st, 2014 AEIP event!

U.S. Congressional Research Service said in a recent report that spending worldwide on research, development, testing and evaluation and procurement of unmanned aerial systems will rise to $11.6 billion annually in 2022 from $6.6 billion this year.

UAS has a growth trajectory that is rising high currently and is set to skyrocket in the future. Getting Oklahoma’s youth excited and educated about UAS is critical to the future of the industry. Those students that get hooked on this exciting segment of the aerospace industry will have great opportunities and careers.

Two special grants will be provided by the partnership between AEIP and USA-OK (Unmanned Systems Alliance-Oklahoma) to high or middle school applicants who have designed learning objectives using Unmanned Aerial Systems technology.  The UAS technology applications should involve and/or support one or more of the 5 targeted Oklahoma economic growth sectors.  These sectors are aerospace and defense, energy, agriculture and bioscience, IT and finance services, and transportation and logistics.  These grants are open to purchasing equipment from any source.

The UAS industry is heavily steeped in STEM. As a teacher, you will have great opportunities to use UAS design, flight, data collection, piloting, and programming to give the all important relevance to your students. “This is how we use this element of math or science in the real world.”

Take some time and design a comprehensive UAS course and/or learning activity that is heavy in STEM mastery, is hands on for the students, and supports the 5 sectors identified above. These grants are only available to ETD or AEIP Aerospace Fellows and therefore you have far better odds of being a grant winner than most other educational grants.

Good luck! And, thank you for being an Aerospace Fellow.

General Ben Robinson – Air Force Retired and Chair – AEIP Planning Committee


Grant Registration Questions/Descriptions

1. Title of the grant

2. Focus of the grant - example: Purchase remotely piloted vehicle to simulate crop monitoring / a vehicle to monitor forest fires…. Measure X, Y, or Z

3. STEM learning your lesson/activity targets. Provide as many targets as possible.

4. Where the learning will take place and the percentages of each. Example: 30% classroom research- 50% flight & data gathering-20% journaling- 10% evaluation

5. Current assets, resources, or facilities that will compliment your lesson/activities

6. Identify potential industry partnerships that is initiative will create for your students

7. Budget identifying how the funds will be spent

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