Virtual learning can make it difficult for kids to still experience hands-on educational opportunities. But thanks to a partnership between Devon Energy and Artesia Public Schools, local 4th and 5th graders won’t be missing out on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fun this winter.
Kindergartners through third graders are attending classes in person part-time, allowing them to use the new STEM centers Devon and the Cal Ripken, Jr. Foundation helped provide last spring. To ensure older children are also able to stretch their scientific minds, STEM kits were created for 4th and 5th grade parents to pick up monthly through December.
“I tend to think of Devon Energy as our super hero, rescuing our students’ science education,” said Artesia Public Schools STEM Coordinator Michele McEachern. “Without Devon’s help, these science activity kits that are specifically geared for the education standards for each grade level would never have been in our students’ hands. Approximately 2,700 grade-specific STEM kits have been created for 600 students in Artesia Public Schools. Both versions of the kit delve into life sciences — 4th graders will answer questions about the body, senses and the brain; and 5th graders will study ecosystems and the food web.
“The hands-on activities in the kits follow what the children would’ve been working on in the classroom setting,” said Devon Senior Community Relations Specialist Shannon Johnson. “We’re excited Artesia students will be able to expand their imaginations at home, keeping them on-pace with their peers and set up for success when they return to in-person learning.”
Devon Energy is a leading independent energy company engaged in finding and producing oil and natural gas. Based in Oklahoma City and included in the S&P 500, Devon operates in several of the most prolific oil and natural gas plays in the U.S. with an emphasis on achieving strong returns. For more information, please visit www.devonenergy.com.