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December 2013

Google, Rogers State Partner to Host STEM Competition

More than a dozen teams from across northeastern Oklahoma participated in the AeroGames, a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition hosted by Rogers State University in partnership with Google.

Teams from area middle and high schools took part in the Oct. 26 competition that involved gliders, wind-powered rockets, remote-controlled helicopters and other wind and aerospace-related devices. This is the second year that Google and RSU have partnered to host the competition to promote STEM education. The activities were designed to offer a fun, interactive learning experience for Oklahoma students at no cost to schools.

“The Aero Games are a unique way to inspire young people to excel in STEM. Our community is leading the charge in developing new and creative ways to incorporate hands-on learning techniques with our students, and we're excited to be a part of it,” said Mike Wooten, operations manager for the Google Oklahoma data center in Mayes County.

Tracy Drain, a systems engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab currently working on the Juno Mission to Jupiter, was the featured speaker for the AeroGames competition. She also interacted with the students and instructors throughout the competition.

RSU President Larry Rice said strengthening STEM education is vital to the health of Oklahoma's economy. “RSU is honored to partner with Google for initiatives like the Aero Games that provide school children with fun, challenging competitions to reinforce STEM learning,” he said.

For more information, visit www.rsu.edu/AeroGames

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