(Denver, CO/Sault Ste. Marie, MI) – In March of 2017, Oakman Aerospace Inc. and the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District (EUPISD) were notified by the Michigan Space Grant Consortium that their After School Rocketry Program (ASRP) Grant Request was accepted for the 2017-2018 school year. The After School Rocketry Program is a nine (9) week after school pilot program that focuses on middle to high school students successfully launching a model rocket with a sensor payload and interpreting the flight data from the mission. Over the nine (9) weeks, students will learn computer programing languages, aerodynamics of rocket flight, and fundamentals of aerospace science to deepen their understanding of and experience in aerospace science.
Since 2015, Oakman Aerospace Inc. and the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District have sought to find ways to work together to engage middle school and high school students in STEM related activities. Working together over the past few years, OAI and EUPISD have formed a close working relationship to bring programs and opportunities to an area of Michigan often under-represented in STEM.
“This program is only a first step in bringing greater educational tools and programs to students who otherwise may not have these opportunities. We hope that through success with programs like these that OAI will be able to continue to participate in enriching STEM education throughout our community and the country.” – Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr., President and Chief Systems Engineer at OAI.
“We are very excited for the ASRP partnership. This opportunity will provide an innovative and unique educational experience for our students, and is a wonderful example of a collaborative partnership between Industry, K-12 education, and the Department of Defense. We appreciate Oakman Aerospace for offering us the opportunity to work with them on this project, and look forward to the positive impacts that it will have on students.” – Kevin St. Onge, EUP Math and Science Center Director, Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District
Following the announcement of the award, EUPISD has worked with the Michigan DoD STEM Office, nCASE, to secure supplemental DoD STEM funding to assist in off-setting the program costs that will enable more students to be reached.
All parties are looking forward to a successful summer of curriculum planning, development, and training for the first programs to be implemented during the fall semester of 2017.
For more information, please contact:
Oakman Aerospace Inc.
Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District
Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr.
Kevin St. Onge
Mathematics & Science Center Director
About Oakman Aerospace
Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) is a veteran, woman-owned small business focused on total end-to-end space systems engineering providing: rapid and responsive space system architectures, modular spacecraft/satellite design & development, mission/payload and data distribution services, and, specialized RF phenomenology, products and services. More information can be found at www.oak-aero.com.
About Eastern Upper Peninsula School District
The Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District (EUPISD) works to improve student success by supporting all schools and communities in Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac Counties. The Eastern Upper Peninsula Mathematics and Science Center is one of the 33 regional centers in the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network, and is located at the EUPISD. These centers provide leadership, curriculum support, professional development, and student services to educators in local school districts. The centers also serve as a resource clearinghouse for educational materials and information, and work to foster community involvement in the areas of STEM. The network supports the delivery of high quality STEM education for the students of Michigan. The Eastern Upper Peninsula Mathematics and Science Center works to improve STEM education by providing support for schools in Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac Counties. This support is provided through:
* Professional learning opportunities for teachers
* Student services
* Provision of educational resources and technology
* Supporting connections with community businesses, organizations, and higher education
Headquartered at the Fayette Institute of Commerce and Technology in Uniontown Pennsylvania, nCASE is an outgrowth of the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE), which was established in June 2006 with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), National Defence Education Program (NDEP). nCASE continues to be a response to President Bush’s 2006 State-of-the-Union Address during which he announced the American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) to encourage American innovation and strengthen our nation’s ability to compete in the global economy. This ambitious strategy increased federal investment in critical research as part of its efforts to ensure that the U.S. continues to lead the world in opportunity and innovation and provide American children with a strong foundation in math and science.
*This program is made possible in part by: Michigan DoD STEM Office, US ARMY TARDEC, National Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (www.naCASE.org)