Aviation Museum receives grant for aerospace education

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Aviation Museum of Kentucky has been chosen to receive a UK/NASA grant for its educational programs.

The funding will support Aerospace Motivates KidsA Context for STEM, providing an introduction to flight, aeronautics, and engineering to middle school students and their teachers. This award follows the successful submission for the grant during 2015, making this 2016 grant the second consecutive year that the museum’s program has been recognized and funded.

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“This grant is a welcome addition to the instructional efforts at the aviation museum,” said Ed Murphy, vice president for education. “We can offer an authentic hands-on experience with flight simulation, aerospace technology, even a look at the operation of the International Space Station.”

The results of the program have been shown in responses from middle school participants toward STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math): 87% of the students responded that they plan to take advance math and science classes in high school; 82% indicated that Aerospace Motivates Kids had brought them to consider a career that is based in the STEM disciplines.

Middle schools in the central Kentucky area may apply for participation in Aerospace Motivates Kids by contacting the museum. The four planned sessions are conducted on Saturdays and are limited to 18 students and six teachers. There is no cost for participating middle schools.