Promoting STEM through Sports
Kids are enamored with local, professional athletes and, by partnering with such organizations, Devon hopes to make a few more students enamored with STEM. Through basketball, baseball and soccer partnerships, Devon helps spread passion about science, technology, engineering and math to our prospective technologists.
"In future years, the need for qualified employees with the skillsets to bring continued innovation in the energy industry is a primary reason Devon contributes to education programs promoting STEM,” said Christina Rehkop, Devon community relations manager.
The Devon Thunder Explorers
In partnership with the OKC Thunder, Oklahoma teachers can download free STEM hands-on activities for students in fourth through sixth grade. The activities engage students in the science involved during a basketball game.
Teachers submit photos of the students during their activities each month for a chance to win $500 for the classroom.
Each month, during the NBA season, an Oklahoma organization that promotes STEM in our communities is also honored at a Thunder home game.
OKC Energy FC Teacher of the Match
Elementary school teachers have the chance to win $500 for their classroom and be recognized at an Energy soccer home game as part of the Devon and OKC Energy FC Teacher of the Match program.
These teachers could get any age excited about STEM. Their passion is contagious and their creativity engages students to solve problems. Even the Energy players are amazed when visiting the classrooms and learning about science with every day objects.
Watch a video with one of the winning teachers and her students. Nominate a teacher you know.
OKC Dodgers MVPs
Devon partners with OKC Dodgers baseball to give students the feeling of being an MVP. Teachers across Oklahoma City can honor a student for their classroom effort in STEM and other activities by selecting them as an OKC Dodgers MVP.
MVP program students get to attend a Dodgers game and participate in a special day honoring their achievements at the OKC Dodgers ballpark with hands-on activities. During one event kids participated in forming fossils, saw what is inside a baseball and learned the characteristics of different rocks and minerals.