Devon helps fund STEM program at Weatherford elementary school


Devon Energy pitched in recently with another donation to help encourage STEM or science, technology, engineering and math development at an Oklahoma school.

The help was given to Weatherford’s Burcham Elementary students who now have new innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) equipment and materials, thanks to a partnership between Devon Energy and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.

Several years ago, the organizations installed state-of-the-art STEM Centers in Burcham Elementary.

This month, Devon and the Ripken Foundation gifted each school seven Sphero BOLT Coding Robots and a $150 VISA gift card to help restock materials for the STEM centers like batteries, playdough, markers and filament for 3D printers.

“Devon is committed to ensuring the next generation of STEM leaders has what they need to succeed, so we never intended the STEM centers to be a one-time gift,” said Lee Courange, Devon superintendent. “We value long-term partnerships in the communities in which we live and work, and we look forward to watching children in northwest Oklahoma thrive with these new tools.”

Steve Salem, president and CEO of the Ripken Foundation, said equipping students with the latest innovative equipment helps set them up for long-term success.

“Because technology evolves quickly, it’s incredibly important these STEM centers have the latest and greatest equipment,” Salem said. “It’s vital students stay on the cutting edge of scientific advancements to help them reach their full potential, and we’re thankful to play a part in their development.”

Kingfisher’s Upper Elementary and Heritage Elementary also received new supplies for its STEM center.

Source: press release