Girls and young women are learning about geosciences through Devon’s sponsorship of the Girl Scout STEM program in Oklahoma.
The program focuses on the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math. Devon’s program includes development of educational kits that provide hands-on activities specific to each Girl Scout program level. The kits also include detailed instructions to assist volunteers and leaders as they work through each activity. This new STEM curriculum will engage girls in topics like geology and topography, with the intention of interesting them in potential careers in the oil and gas industry.
Devon became involved after Community Relations evaluated the Girl Scout STEM program and recommended that earth sciences be included in the subject kits. Devon geologists and engineers helped develop the age-appropriate kits, including Classifying Rocks and Rock Making, Graham Cracker Tectonics, Fish, Fossils and Fuel and Hands-On Hydraulics. Each program level is built with interdisciplinary activities that progress from year to year.
The interactive kits go beyond the typical earth science subject matter taught in school. The kits also encourage teamwork, collaboration and innovation, which are key to success at Devon and in the oil and gas industry.
Girls who complete the program are designated as Terra Troopers and receive a Devon-designed patch illustrating the geosciences program.
Shannon Evers, CEO of Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma, said the partnership with Devon will help the Girl Scouts emphasize STEM subjects as a potential career path.
“Delivering programming around the geosciences will not only offer them a better understanding of STEM education, but will also give them an opportunity to explore careers in one of Oklahoma's biggest industries," Evers said.