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Aims Awarded Colorado Aviation Education Grant

Aims Community College was awarded $50,000 from the Colorado Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics. This funding supports the creation of a mobile aviation lab with industry equipment to promote careers in aviation and aerospace among Colorado K-12 students. The project is designed to encourage, empower and educate anyone interested in aviation and aerospace. 

Children at Aviation Day with Airplanes in their hands

The state developed the Colorado Aviation Education Grant to increase workforce development and support the expected growth in aviation and aerospace. The funding also looks to foster more diversity in people entering this field. With the establishment of the mobile aviation lab, Aims can conduct outreach to communities that might not have been previously exposed to aviation.  

“We will have educational activities within the trailer to emphasize the importance of STEM-based classes and hopefully spark inspiration.” Said Sara Bauermeister, an Aims flight instructor and the President of the Aims Women in Aviation Chapter. “As a female, I was not exposed to aviation and didn't consider it as an option growing up. We hope to change this and show kids the various paths in aviation and how to pursue them.” 

The features of this lab include the following: 

  • virtual reality flight simulators,
  • air traffic control simulation,
  • unmanned aircraft simulators,
  • drones,
  • STEM-related activities.

Aims anticipates this project will be ready to launch in the late spring or early summer of 2023.

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