The American Indian Resource Center provides cultural and educational opportunities to nurture the growth of American Indian children, families, and communities.
There are multiple programs in AIRC that target schools with a high enrollment of American Indian students. Depending on the program, the niche students are 5th-12th grade.
These students are in rural areas and the goal of AIRC is to ensure a successful future. Career exploration and STEM subjects are the main focus to inspire students in these areas of education.
How it started
SET started by a few AIRC employees who knew the components of virtual reality. With further training and workshops, a small team came together. AIRC is in need of a program that dives deep not only in VR but for STEM, lesson planning, career exploration, and cultural lessons.
SET is to be utilized for all AIRC programs to expose students to technology as well as colleges and careers in technology.
Currently, most of the AIRC programs have Meta Quest 2 headsets for their targeted schools and have used the SET team to train teachers on how to use the headsets in the classroom.
How it's going
AIRC programs utilizing SET
Educational Talent Search
This program is designed to develop, test, and demonstrate the effectiveness of programming that improves access of educational services for Indian children in Adair County, Oklahoma.
Native Ace currently serves six schools: