Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are all critical subjects students must master to be better prepared for college, the workforce and adult life. They also play an important role in the oil and natural gas industry as geologists, engineers and other petro-technical professionals are vital to the industry's ability to responsibly develop North America's energy resources.
Educators are the key to improving students' understanding of STEM concepts and fostering students' interest in pursuing careers in STEM fields. However, schools and community organizations often need additional resources to carry out their innovative ideas and benefit students throughout their school.
That's why Devon annually awards grants in many areas where the company operates. Applicants are asked to describe their idea, identify how they currently spark students' interest, explain how one grant would benefit future students and define how they would measure success.
Applications are evaluated on idea originality, vision to improve achievements in science and benefit to future students. Special attention is given to projects that focus on robotics, geology, engineering and earth science.
Previous Ingenuity STEM Grant Recipients
West Elementary School; Weatherford, OK
2 mobile STEM labs equipped with OSMOS, an interactive learning experience, with a variety of coding attachments. In addition, it will also have robots, 3D pens, SnapCircuits, 10 iPads, and a green screen to film reports.
Kingfisher Middle School; Kingfisher, OK
Greenhouse learning laboratory to provide hands-on, multi-sensory learning opportunities.
Hinton Elementary School; Hinton, OK
2 SMART tables for centers to encourage collaboration in an interactive environment.
West Field Elementary School; Edmond, OK
Build two Nature Explore Outdoor Classrooms for K – 2nd grade students for STEAM classes focused on earth science.
Deer Creek Intermediate School; Edmond, OK
Expand engineering and robotics programs at the 4 – 6 grade levels with Lego Education kits. This program will help the school continue to align K-12 STEM curriculum for the district.
Crooked Oak High School; Oklahoma City, OK
Purchase digital teaching microscopes and probeware resources to give science teachers the ability to incorporate more advanced measurement into their lessons.
Southeast New Mexico
Artesia Jr High School; Artesia, NM
School will use the grant to purchase augmented reality work stations and 3D glasses, incorporating with their current zSpace STEM curriculum, to engage students in virtual lab experiences where technology and science come together.
New Hope High School; Lovington, NM
The school will use the grant to purchase materials needed for hands-on concepts in the fundamentals of robotics, engineering, earth science and biology. The addition of this equipment will enhance the student’s perception and in-depth understanding of technology through the sciences.
Carlsbad Intermediate School; Carlsbad, NM
School will use the grant to add LabQuest equipment to their STEM lab enabling more students access to hands on demonstrations, a scientific approach to gathering and analyzing data, and building student interest in both science and STEM careers at an early age.
Cottonwood Elementary; Wright, WY
The school will use the grant to create a robotics program to improve student engagement within STEM concepts. Students will enhance their problem solving, collaborative, computing, engineering, and critical thinking skills by learning to design, build, and program robots.
Pronghorn Elementary; Gillette, WY
The school will use the grant to purchase Delta Education modules, laptops, and software to study geology and energy. The geology program will give students first-hand experience to study soils, rocks and minerals, and modeling experiences. The energy program will give students the opportunity to explore the concepts of energy and change, waves, and energy transfer.
Westhoff Elementary School; Westhoff, TX
The school will use the grant to build an outdoor classroom in the form of a greenhouse. The greenhouse will be utilized by the entire campus as they learn science in first-hand outdoor situations.
Cuero Junior High School; Cuero, TX
The school will use the grant to start an after-school robotics program. This program will be the first of its kind for the school and allow students a positive after school outlet where they will learn and apply concepts of STEM.
Northwest ISD; Tarrant, Denton and Wise Counties
The Outdoor Learning Center will design and build a “soils play lab” where students from the district can explore, build schema and develop thier scientific process skills. Teachers will also receive the professional development needed to understand the art of nature play with a focus on soils. This OLC is available for all Northwest ISD students.
Carson Elementary; Decatur, TX
The school will use the grant to purchase 30 Google VR (Virtual Reality) Expedition headsets. The school will now have the ability to hold virtual science classes and field trips to engage students in STEM concepts they otherwise would not be exposed to.
Luther High School - Funds will be used to create a robotics club and remodel the school's chemistry and physics lab.
Monterrey Elementary - Plans include hands-on learning with robotics and K'Nex 3-D model building sets.
Meyersville Elementary - The school will now be able to purchase a portable Starlab planetarium for the entire student body and for the local community, which is invited to explore the stars during special Science Nights.
Decatur's Rann Elementary - Receiving the Devon Science Grant will allow Rann Elementary to build a greenhouse and begin a composting program.
Calumet Elementary - Funds will be used to purchase 3-D printers and robotics kits and install a hydroponics gardening system in the school foyer.
Harding Fine Arts Academy - Funds will be used to purchase equipment for a new science laboratory and classroom. The space will be utilized by 9 – 12 grades for chemistry, physics, environmental science, anatomy and physiology and biology courses. The space will also allow the school to add earth and engineering sciences in the near future.
El Reno High School - The school will create an “Introduction to Engineering” class for juniors and seniors at El Reno High School. Student teams will research, design, build and present projects based on STEM themes.
Stillwater Middle School - The school will purchase equipment needed to help students improve their scientific investigation skills and answer questions through the process of scientific inquiry. Equipment includes a class set of digital scales, metric rulers and Chromebooks.
Hammon Public Schools - The school will offer a robotics education course for the elementary school for the 2016-17 year. Students will learn computer programming and engineering principles as they design, build and program robots.
Carlsbad High School - The grant will be used to develop a cross-curriculum lesson plan to introduce the concept of light energy and the various sciences that utilize light energy, such as biology, engineering, physics and chemistry. Students will develop hands-on experiment stations at the planetarium to exhibit the properties and how they affect the earth.
Lovington High School - The grant will be used to purchase laboratory equipment to aid students in researching energy solutions for the future. Students will be able to explore oil and gas, wind, solar and nuclear energy concepts and how each can be used to provide reliable energy sources for a growing world population. This hands-on approach will help reenergize interest in the sciences.
Moulton Elementary School - The Science Giants grant will allow Moulton Elementary School to provide all students on campus upgraded technology and increased access to engaging science curriculum. The school will be able to purchase computer and science lab equipment, STEM software technology for classrooms and a hydroponic science lab. All of these new and up-to-date tools will allow the teachers to capitalize on interest in science by engaging students in hands-on, engaging science interactions.
Seven Hills Elementary School - Receiving the Science Grant will allow Seven Hills Elementary to add mobile STEM labs to the campus. These labs will be filled with the necessary resources to provide hands-on learning experiences in science, technology, engineering and math for students throughout the school. Curriculum for each subject area, teacher lesson plans and tool kits are all included in fun and engaging ways to keep elementary students excited about and engaged in these core subjects.
Bridgeport High School - The Science Giants grant will be used to purchase 3D CAD workstations and engineering program software for use by all students. Through the introduction of these hands-on workspaces, students will have the opportunity to experience science outside of the traditional classroom and further expand their understanding of the applications of science in their lives.
Permian Basin East
Irion County ISD - The grant will be used to install solar panel arrays to generate energy for the new outdoor learning center that will be utilized by the math and science students from the entire school district. Activities, projects and hands-on experiments will be used as teaching tools for students from grades K-12 to provide students the opportunity to be engaged in science and learn more about our natural resources and clean energy options.
Permian Basin West
Washington Math/Science Institute - The grant will be used to purchase Edison Interactive Lab equipment, which will enable science students to see how measurements of temperature, wind speed and direction and solar radiation can be collected and measured using digital tools. The students will use the equipment to make real-life connections from the study of science to their own backyards to understand how these energies can be converted into electricity. Students will experience hands on activities that model concepts about energy and natural resources.
Six junior high and high schools throughout Devon's Canadian operating areas in Western Canada received grants for science equipment. Grants were awarded to:
Ardmore School - Ardmore
Provost Public School - Provost
H.E. Bourgoin Middle School - Bonnyville
CW Perry School - Airdrie
Victoria School of the Arts - Edmonton
Paul Kane High School - St. Albert
Bodine Elementary School - Created a Saturday Science program in which students will study a science topic each month, then take a field trip on a Saturday to further study the topic.
North Central Oklahoma
Stillwater Junior High School - Purchased Vernier probe ware to perform scientific investigations by graphing and identifying variables in physical sciences classes.
Calumet High School - Purchased probe ware for data collection and analysis on experiments.
Southeast New Mexico
Artesia Junior High School - Purchased tablets to complete virtual labs, take online assessments and participate in online technology activities.
Lea Elementary School - Created a “Growing Station" complete with a greenhouse and garden boxes.
University of Texas of the Permian Basin's STEM Academy - Created an outdoor classroom.
George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa High School - Established a rocketry curriculum for juniors and seniors.
Eleven junior high and high schools throughout Devon's Canadian operating areas in Western Canada received grants for science equipment. Grants were awarded to:
Assumption Jr/Sr High School - Cold Lake
Cold Lake High School - Cold Lake
St. Brigid School - Calgary
Sir George Simpson Junior High - St.Albert
Wainwright High School - Wainwright
Ecole Plamondon School - Plamondon
Ecole Notre Dame High School - Bonnyville
H.E. Bourgoin Middle School - Bonnyville
Constable Neil Bruce - West Kelowna
Kate Chegwin Junior High - Edmonton
Argyll Centre - Edmonton
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary – Created an Earth Science Lab for entire school.
North Central Oklahoma
Westwood Elementary School, Stillwater - Purchased tablets and accessories for fourth-grade science classrooms.
Hydro-Eakly Middle/High School - Purchased probeware to provide hands-on lessons for complex science concepts.
Fourteen junior high and high schools throughout Devon's Canadian operating areas in Western Canada received grants for science equipment. Grants were awarded to:
- H.E. Bourgoin Middle School - Bonnyville
- Bonnyville Outreach School - Bonnyville
- William Aberhart High School – Calgary
- St. Timoty Junior/Senior High – Cochrane
- Queen Elizabeth High School – Edmonton
- Kate Chegwin Junior High – Edmonton
- Hughenden Public School – Hughenden
- Iron River School – Iron River
- Constable Neil Bruce Middle School – Kelowna
- Aurora Middle School – Lac La Biche
- J.A. Williams High School – Lac La Biche
- Peerless Lake School – Peerless Lake
- H.A. Kostash – Smoky Lake
- Vermillion Outreach School - Vermillion
John Marshall Mid-High - Purchased an educational marine touch tank.
Geary High School - Purchased a smart board and iPads for the school's science lab.
Permian High School, Odessa – Created the Science Lights a Mind program to help provide science students with an innovative and engaging learning environment
Jane Long Elementary School, Midland - Purchased lab equipment to build a campus science lab
Edgemere Elementary - Built an outdoor classroom and a farmer's market.
The Rusk School - Funded geology and green energy projects, as well as a rocket/aerospace investigation project.
C.E. King High School - Built a SPARKlab science learning system, which includes built-in experiments for biology, chemistry, physics and earth science. An outdoor learning lab also was created by transforming its courtyard into individual learning centers.
Southside Primary School - Built a vegetable and butterfly garden.
Goddard Junior High School, Midland - Purchased LabQuest packages for seventh and eighth grade classrooms.
San Jacinto Junior High School, Midland - Purchased LEGO Mindstorm NXT kits and software for junior high robotics courses and student competitions.
SE New Mexico
Artesia Intermediate School - Purchased an Apple mobile Learning lab.
P.R. Leyva Middle School, Carlsbad - Purchased lab equipment.
Kaiser Elementary - Built a green house and garden.
Burbank Middle School - Funded Robotics initiative.
Blackshear Elementary School, Odessa - Created a living outdoor classroom complete with a water catchment system, xeriscaped pollinator garden with a focus on native plants, alternative energy laboratory and a weather station.
Westside High School — Funds supported the Westside Engineering and Geosciences Academy.