Devon Energy to help Cal Ripken Foundation build new STEM center

The 2019-2020 school year might be the best one yet for one lucky school in western Oklahoma.

Devon Energy has partnered with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to build a state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Center for elementary students.

The STEM Center will feature interactive, hands-on tools such as 3D printers, Snap Circuits, Ozobots, Bee Bots and more. The Ripken Foundation will also provide training for a STEM coordinator, a curriculum guidebook and engaging activity kits to guide use of technology tools.

“Through our partnership with the Ripken Foundation, we’re helping spark kids’ interest in technology fields from a young age,” said Tangi Smith, community relations specialist at Devon. “This is a unique chance for teachers to engage their students in hands-on, immersive learning, and we encourage all elementary schools to apply.”

All western Oklahoma elementary schools are eligible for the grant. Devon hopes to support a school that has already shown dedication to science and innovation.

Principals and teachers can apply online at All applications and supporting documentation must be received by Oct. 31.

Joe Rossow, Ripken Foundation executive vice president of operations, said the organization aims to motivate the next generation of STEM leaders.

“This special initiative gives young people some of the tools they’ll need to explore these new, different fields,” Rossow said. “This STEM Center will inspire students to explore new ideas and help them achieve their full potential.”

Devon has previously worked with the Ripken Foundation to open STEM Centers at Burcham Elementary School in Weatherford and Mark Twain Elementary in Oklahoma City.


Source: Devon Energy