Google has partnered with Rogers State University (RSU) in Claremore to host the first annual Aero Games Saturday, Nov. 3 at the RSU campus. The Aero Games is a competition for middle and high school students to participate in hands-on events featuring gliders, wind-powered rockets, remote-controlled helicopters, and other wind and aerospace-related objects. In an effort to promote STEM education (science, technology, math and engineering and) together with Google, RSU and the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium (TASM) are teaming up to offer a fun, interactive learning experience for Oklahoma students at no cost to schools.
“We hope this event will unite the northeast Oklahoma community to foster an environment of creative and cooperative learning and to inspire students to excel in these subject areas,” said Mike Wooten, operations manager for the Google Oklahoma data center in Mayes County.
The Aero Games will close at 2 p.m. in the Will Rogers Auditorium when keynote speaker Tracy Drain shares highlights of her NASA background with students and guests. A systems engineer with the Jet Propulsion Lab, Tracy is currently working on the Juno Mission to Jupiter. She will speak of her experiences working on the Kepler Mission and share favorite discoveries while gathering data on the Milky Way galaxy.
”RSU is excited for the opportunity to host the Aero Games and increase exposure to science, technology and math for area youth,” said RSU President Dr. Larry Rice.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Will Rogers Auditorium. The speaking event and all of the competitions and awards ceremonies are open to the public.