Tulsa Flight Night: Sept. 18

INAUGURAL EVENT: From left, Bailey J. Siegfried, Meredith R. Siegfried, J. Terrell Siegfried and T. Hastings Siegfried stand with a UAV F16 plane and quadcopter to promote Tulsa Flight Night, to be held Sept. 18.

Courtesy John Amatucci

NORDAM, a global aerospace industry leader, and the Siegfried family will host the inaugural Tulsa Flight Night on Sept. 18 to benefit (Science Technology Engineering Math) education programming. The gala will be held at Jones Airport and include aerial displays, entertainment and a live auction. A bonus feature will be quadcopter demonstrations provided by Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa.

Tulsa Flight Night will honor NORDAM’s founder, the late Ray H. Siegfried II, who 23 years ago began its predecessor, Tulsa Charity Fight Night. Flight Night 2014 beneficiaries are Tulsa Regional Alliance and Fab Lab Tulsa. Proceeds will fund a mobile fab lab and an annual quadcopter competition and support access events, collectively reaching more than 8,000 area students.

Since 2000, employment has risen more than 30 percent nationally. Demand is expected to continue to rise at a rate increasingly outpacing the supply of trained applicants.

“Trained specialists in disciplines are critical to many, if not all, industries for our city, state and nation to properly compete globally and create technology to propel us into the future,” says Meredith R. Siegfried, NORDAM chief executive officer.

“This collaboration is a game changer for education in the Tulsa region,” says Bailey J. Siegfried, NORDAM vice president of global marketing. “The funds generated from Tulsa Flight Night will inspire creativity, spark excitement and harness the inspiration, resources and experience of stakeholders, ultimately broadening horizons for children across northeastern Oklahoma.”

Title sponsors are NORDAM and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Presenting sponsors are Asphalt & Fuel Supply and D&L Oil Tools. Other sponsors include Jackie Cooper Porsche, ONEOK, Gas and Omni Air International, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, Williams, Lockton Benefits and Scott/Vanessa Thompson.

Committee members include event chairs and NORDAM board members Hastings, Meredith, Terrell and Bailey Siegfried. Also Mandy Leemhuis, Tracey Norvell, Joy McGill and Daniel Stockton.

For corporate sponsorship information or an event invitation, call 918-401-5756, or visit TulsaFlightNight.org. Event and information is also posted regularly to facebook.com/tulsaflightnight and Twitter @flighnightUSA.

More on programs benefiting from 2014 Tulsa Charity Flight Night proceeds:
• Exploratorium: A one-day event Sept. 9 for students to engage with professionals, innovators and inventors from across northeastern Oklahoma and experience the vast reach of into numerous industries and career possibilities.

• Quadcopter Challenge: Area students will build quadcopters and pit their flying machines in competitive maneuverability, speed and retrieval courses

• Mobile Fab Lab: A mobile vehicle to take the experience to the road, the Mobile Fab Lab is designed to engage more students in by deployment of hands-on experiential learning labs containing fabrication tools, such as 3D printers and laser cutters.

• Access events: A myriad of more than 20 events for ages K-12 designed to increase students’ awareness of careers and develop their abilities as creative thinkers and problem solvers.

“The Mobile Fab Lab really delivers. It brings the most exciting equipment and technology from Fab Lab Tulsa directly to many more students. They can experience hands-on learning of disciplines in their own schools and classrooms,” says Nathan Pritchett, executive director of Fab Lab Tulsa.

Updated 07-29-2014

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