Inspiring innovation and imagination

Devon’s future employees must have strong technical know-how and creative problem-solving skills to help us deliver affordable oil and natural gas in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

We believe investing in education can help us build the workforce we need to achieve our technology leadership goals and our vision of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Our social investments are focused on building student capabilities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). We’re particularly interested in increasing the representation of girls, minorities and rural communities in STEM fields. These groups are a growing part of the workforce whose talents will be needed to fill the increasing number of STEM-related jobs at Devon and in our industry.

As technology for our industry rapidly evolves and transforms our company, people with diverse backgrounds and new ways of looking at problems can help us innovate. We need technology solutions to drill and produce oil and gas efficiently, achieve our aggressive emissions reduction targets and improve safety. At the same time, we’re committed to addressing racial and social inequality wherever it is found. Our investments in STEM education support progress in both of these important areas.

To direct our philanthropic investments to the most promising programs, Devon partners with qualified organizations that have a track record in STEM to identify community needs and solutions. Our partners include the Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) Foundation and other nonprofits, as well as teachers and administrators from several school districts. Insights from our stakeholder conversations guide us to provide resources and materials to implement programs aimed at empowering groups that have been underserved in the past.

Expanding our STEM model

Devon has supported STEM education with grants to teachers and school programs, investments in STEM centers and contributions to STEM-focused programs for over a decade. We significantly enhanced our STEM capabilities in 2019 by convening local and national nonprofits, corporations and private foundations to develop a new STEM model.

One of our partners, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, has been a driving force in changing how students and families interact with STEM resources in schools and communities. The Ripken Foundation transforms outdated school rooms into state-ofthe-art STEM resource spaces where STEM learning becomes increasingly integrated into children’s education. Teachers receive training and STEM resources to inspire students and increase their understanding of basic circuitry, coding, robotics, engineering and more.

Our first STEM center was created in 2004 at Mark Twain Elementary School, Devon’s long-time partner school in Oklahoma City. Recognizing that parent involvement helps determine student success, we further enhanced Twain’s capabilities in 2021 by adding STEM camps where families work on STEM challenges together. Parents and students get hands-on experience with CAD (computer-aided design), welding, construction and math. Families can also access food banks and other social services at the camps, as well as get produce from a community garden. The program is so popular that there’s a waiting list to join it.

We’re committed to helping students explore innovative tools and understand high-tech topics at a young age. Based on the success of the STEM model at Twain, we continue to expand STEM resources in other areas where we operate. By year-end 2022, Devon had opened 120 STEM centers in elementary schools in Oklahoma City; Kingfisher, Oklahoma; Douglas, Wyoming; Cuero, Texas; Carlsbad and Roswell, New Mexico; and 47 STEM centers in Tulsa, Oklahoma – one in each elementary school. Ripken STEM centers opened in 2022 included the first two in North Dakota, one in Dickinson and one at Edwin Loe Elementary School in New Town, the first-ever Ripken STEM center on tribal land. In 2022, we also launched STEM labs for all middle schools in OKCPS.

In 2023, we plan to launch our first middle school STEM lab in New Mexico and open a total of 17 STEM centers in elementary schools in El Reno, Oklahoma, Dickinson, North Dakota, and Cuero, Texas. Devon will also be opening an elementary school STEM center in every primary school on the MHA reservation, and the first adaptive STEM center for special needs children at Special Care in Oklahoma City.

Community STEM programs

Devon collaborates with schools and community organizations to enhance access to STEM education. We support innovative STEM programs, especially when they highlight local culture and opportunities to inspire young people to pursue STEM subjects.

Ripken STEM Grant

Our signature STEM program has made more than $1 million in grants to educators in our U.S. operating areas in the past eight years. In the Oklahoma City area, Devon’s STEM investments improved access to educational opportunities for more than 88,000 K-12 students. In addition, more than 30 Devon grant programs have enabled Oklahoma teachers to enhance their instructional time with students.

STEM Lesson Challenge

The Ripken Foundation and Devon in 2022 challenged educators and STEM mentors to create and submit original STEM lessons using any of the tools in the Ripken STEM Center. The challenge awards selected winners with a piece of the $5,000 prize pool. In addition to using the tools, lessons were reviewed for content and creativity and had to follow the Next Generation Science Standards. New lessons built through the program will be available to all Ripken Centers nationwide.

This multi-year partnership with the University of Tulsa, University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University exposes students to the science, technology, engineering and math behind their favorite sports. Launched in 2022, SportsLab use athletics to enhance comprehension of scientific concepts like physics and velocity. Students are empowered to improve their performance by better understanding the science behind sports. SportsLabs are held at game-day fan fests, as well as half-day workshops and other venues throughout the state.

Devon is partnering with Boeing to celebrate students who commit to study STEM in college. Similar to sports signing days, our STEM signing day honors students from across the state who plan to pursue degrees in fields such as electrical engineering, aerospace and biomedical. More than 20 outstanding students were selected for the 2022 class of honorees.

We’ve had a long partnership with the Oklahoma City Thunder, whose popularity and visibility help extend the reach of our STEM program. Our joint Explorers program engages young people in STEM activities that explore the science of basketball, and gives special recognition to students who complete STEM challenges. Our programs include Math Hoops, which engages students in the science behind basketball with a fun board game competition.

Since 2018, Devon has given fifth graders a hands-on opportunity to have fun and build STEM skills while solving problems. The children come together at the University of Oklahoma Tom Love Innovation Hub to design and build prototype parade floats using 3D printers, laser cutters and other materials. They then present their creations to a panel of judges.

Devon is a long-time partner of the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma and a lead contributor to Camp Trivera, an urban STEM camp. Campers learn STEM skills, get leadership opportunities and learn the Girl Scout mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character.

We created the Devon Terra Trooper patch for the Western Oklahoma Council in 2015, expanding it to southeastern New Mexico in 2020 and Tulsa in 2021. Devon geologists and engineers developed the program to engage girls in earth sciences, geology and related topics using age-appropriate STEM activity kits and leader guides. By year-end 2022, more than 2,200 girls had earned the patch for completing a STEM activity.

This week-long SAGE camp is designed to empower girls to think about themselves as future scientists, mathematicians and computer specialists. Campers take interactive field trips to explore various Devon departments where STEM learning has led our professionals to rewarding careers. In 2022, Devon interns volunteered at the SAGE STEAM camp at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where they saw the girls’ eagerness to learn while provided guidance during the competition.

Our partnership with the Oklahoma and Wyoming FFA encourages students to consider the intersections of the agriculture and oil and gas industries. Select students from both states excelled at the 2022 National FFA Convention, bringing home first place in five of the overall 36 judged categories with an additional 16 projects receiving gold ranking, the highest available at the national contest.

We’ve been a sponsor of the Oklahoma FIRST Robotics regional finals since 2017. The six-week competition pairs teams of young people from across Oklahoma with local engineers, professors and business professionals to solve engineering design problems. FIRST (which stands for “For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”) is a nonprofit founded in 1989 to inspire young people to join the field of science and technology.

In partnership with the Carlsbad Community Foundation, Devon hosts a one-week STEM-focused summer camp for third through fifth graders throughout the Permian Basin region. Students identified as disadvantaged by school counselors receive free admission. The campers are exposed to STEM-related careers, and learn how to solve problems and apply critical-thinking skills during hands-on activities.

Devon cosponsors this program with the Triple-A affiliate of MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers to recognize and reward outstanding third and fourth graders for their science and math achievements. Students from over 400 Oklahoma City classrooms are selected to receive tickets to a Dodgers game and the opportunity to attend the MVP Field Day featuring STEM activities. Teachers also receive free tickets to an Oklahoma City Dodgers game where MVPs are honored.

The Paper Takes Flight event combines the fun of hot-air ballooning with an education in the science of energy for all fifth graders enrolled in Artesia Public Schools in New Mexico. Students work together to build six-foot balloon envelopes from tissue paper that will launch using heat energy. This engaging, hands-on activity focused on engineering, math and thermodynamics expands on classroom curriculum.

In this annual competition, Devon pays for students to travel to Houston to present their rocket designs to a team from NASA.

The mission of the Central Oklahoma STEM Alliance is to enhance STEM education. Devon supports COSTEMA’s STEM Leadership Academy, a virtual event that inspires educators by providing professional development opportunities centered around personal leadership, hands-on learning and peer engagement. The educators explore STEM learning and family engagement, with all their STEM learning culminating in the Scissortail Kite Festival.

Devon connected the Permian Strategic Partnership (PSP) and the Ripken Foundation, which resulted in the PSP approving a plan to add a fully equipped STEM center in 134 Permian Basin elementary schools. The PSP has earmarked funding to measure the impacts of the enhanced STEM opportunities on student progress, and we look forward to tracking the results over time.