SAC Museum Receives $20,000 Grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation to Enhance STEM Education

Ashland, Nebraska- The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum is thrilled to announce it has received a $20,000 grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation. This generous contribution will significantly boost the museum’s efforts to advance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, particularly focusing on immersive experiences in space and aviation.

There is a massive demand for high-skill STEM professionals in Nebraska, this grant will play a pivotal role in equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in these critical fields. The SAC Museum is committed to leveraging this support to bridge the gap between education and industry, ensuring that students are prepared for the high-demand, high-wage jobs of the future.

“This grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation comes at a crucial time for our museum and our community,” said Clayton Anderson, President and CEO of the SAC Museum. “With the support of the Peter Kiewit Foundation, we will be able to enhance our STEM programming and provide students with immersive experiences that ignite their passion for science and technology.”

The funds will primarily be used for the acquisition of cutting-edge technology, including VR Oculus sets and Pilot Pro Simulators, enabling students to engage in ground school, flight training and other hands-on STEM experiences. These advancements will not only enrich the museum’s summer camps but will also be integrated into outreach programs, ensuring that more students across Nebraska have access to transformative STEM education opportunities.

The impact of this investment in STEM education is expected to be far-reaching, empowering students with essential skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration. These funds will fuel curiosity and inspire a lifelong love for learning, positioning students as catalysts for innovation and economic growth in the community and beyond.

The SAC Museum is deeply grateful to the Peter Kiewit Foundation for their commitment to advancing STEM education and for their partnership in shaping a brighter future for youth and communities

About Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum

The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, located between Lincoln and Omaha at exit 426 on I-80, offers over 300,000 sq ft to its visitors including two large hangars, a theatre, exhibit and event space, and more to educate and entertain members and guests. The Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, aims to become the Midwest’s pre-eminent aerospace educational museum facility. By uniting its strong Cold War heritage and ties to STRATCOM with America’s burgeoning future in outer space, the museum endeavors to entertain, educate, and inspire each visitor with immersive, educational and interactive opportunities illustrating how our past shapes our future.