El Reno Public School students celebrated the opening of three new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Centers.
Devon Energy and Flogistix partnered with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to install the STEM Centers in Rose Witcher Elementary, Lincoln Learning Center and Leslie F. Roblyer Learning Center.
Matt Goucher, superintendent of El Reno Public Schools, said these new STEM Centers will enhance students’ learning.
“These STEM Centers create a space for students to add context to what they are learning in the classroom,” said Goucher. “We are so thankful for the generosity of Flogistix and Devon Energy. Corporate partners who believe in empowering the next generation through education are crucial to our future.”
Ripken Foundation STEM Centers include innovative learning equipment like 3D printers, Snap Circuits, Indi Cars and Bee-Bots. These tools help students hone their problem-solving abilities and stretch their imaginations.
Steve Salem, president and CEO of the Ripken Foundation, said the organization’s vision is to provide a space for students to learn in an interactive environment.
“Ripken Foundation STEM Centers focus on introducing students to STEM concepts in a fun and interactive way,” said Salem. “Sometimes students need to be reminded learning is fun! We hope this space encourages students to stretch their imaginations and dream big.”
The Ripken Foundation provides training, a curriculum guidebook and activity kits to enhance the tools in the STEM Centers. The organization has opened over 320 STEM Centers nationwide.