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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

Blue Wall

What is Virtual Reality?

The computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors.

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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:


Cave Springs



Rocky Mountain



Native ACE

Cherokee Teens to Adult Program (CTAP)

evidence-based interventions will educate youth and their families, in a culturally relevant way, about health and sexuality, abstinence, preventing early teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and the importance of cultural connectedness.

Past Programs that utilized SET 



Sequoyah Project

Image by JJ Ying
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