The people of Oklahoma Oil & Natural Gas are sponsoring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camps for more than 300 students. Led by the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) and Engage Learning, a student-driven STEM program, 26 Oklahoma classes are getting access to immersive engineering and design camps.
The STEM Maker Camps are led by an experienced team of Engage Learning coaches and include activities like electrical circuits, coding, digital design, and 3D-printing. The lessons are designed to develop the critical skills of creative problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.
“Our exciting partnership with the people of Oklahoma Oil & Natural Gas allows Engage Learning to offer our STEM Maker Camps to students throughout Oklahoma – even those in the most rural parts of the state,” said Founder and Executive Director of Engage Learning Bart Keeton. “This program puts best-in-class STEM and maker-intensive learning tools in the hands of students who may not have similar opportunities at their school.”
The STEM Maker camps are held both virtually and in person and consist of 15 hours of training and activities. These eight school districts hosted camps over the summer in Bethel, Cleveland, Clinton, Deer Creek Lamont, Maysville, Sayre and Wagoner. The remainder the camps will be held in this fall.
The OERB is funded by more than 2,500 producers and thousands of royalty owners across Oklahoma through a voluntary one-tenth of 1 percent assessment on oil and natural gas production. Since 1993, the agency’s purpose is to clean up historic well sites and educate Oklahomans about the importance of the petroleum industry.