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Aero-TV: GAMTTEP Grant - STEM Education Through Aviation

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Published on May 11, 2011

How To Build A Future For Aviation, One Person At A Time

A national transportation education initiative founded in May 1997 by former Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater as the Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Futures Program. Its purpose is to prepare youth to become the future transportation workforce.

In 2005, Congress elevated this program to a new level by authorizing its establishment as the Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program (GAMTTEP) in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (Public Law 109-59). GAMTTEP's purpose is to "improve the preparation of students, particularly women and minorities, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through curriculum development and other activities related to transportation."

In October 2010, a New Jersey based business-education partnership announced the award of such a grant to Hunterdon Central Regional High School (HCRHS), its sending districts, Alexandria Field Airport, and the developers of Leaders Take Flight, and Women Take Flight workshops, Linda Castner and Dr. Sue Stafford.

Program objectives are:
-To build a bridge between America's youth and the transportation community;
-To improve elementary and secondary (K-12) level students' skills in STEM through such means as curriculum development, internships, mentoring programs, and other transportation-related activities;
-To facilitate partnerships among government, academia, and the private sector;
-To increase understanding of the transportation industry and careers, and advance transportation workforce development.

FMI: www.alexandriafield.com, www.aero-tv.net, www.youtube.com/aerotvnetwork, http://twitter.com/AeroNews

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