The Museum allocates 59% of its $2.1 million budget to educate 52,000 North Texas students each year from very poor neighborhoods about AEROSPACE-STEM. Many of these students have the talent, but not the access in their suburbs, especially from underserved communities and Title 1 schools.
We give them pathways out of poverty that have a multigenerational impact. The Aerospace Industry is looking to hire a diverse talent pool that extends to business, marketing, finance, and cyber-security. It goes beyond engineering and general aviation/flight.
We will serve over 52,000 students this year. We need new classroom equipment, snacks, technology, art supplies, and interactive learning aides and materials. We also need mentors, speakers, new education, aerospace and other community partners with options to help them get where they need to be through 3rd grade to trade school, college and beyond.
Our Red Vest Volunteers, often retired pilots, women in Aerospace and other professionals, play a crucial role. While we provide training, we welcome aviation enthusiasts as docents to support our educators in achieving our student outreach goals.
To maintain our aircraft and space vehicle collection, we require the expertise of Aerospace professionals for refurbishment. These efforts, not included in our operating budget, demand additional funding, as we currently work on restoring the General Dynamics YF-16B "Fighting Falcon."
Your support, whether through funding, volunteering, or expertise, directly contributes to inspiring the next generation (especially girls), in a career in Aerospace.