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