The Greater Oklahoma Chapter of WEN is committed to community partnerships that will enhance our ability to reach young women across our state. With carefully selected STEM activities, we allow our participants to explore their curiosity about science and engineering while learning various applications in the exciting world of energy. Through partnerships with Girl Scouts and others, our members volunteer their time to share their passion and introduce young ladies to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math so we can develop their interests in subjects that will lead them into scientific and technical careers.
We believe we have an obligation to recruit and prepare our next generation of women innovators and leaders. STEM education is vital to developing a diverse, creative future workforce and plays a key role in the long term sustainability of our industry. STEM outreach is important to WEN, important to the energy industry and important to Oklahoma. A great example is our STARBASE Energy 2.0 initiative, described below.
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STEM Program - STARBASE Energy 2.0
WEN OK kicked off the second consecutive year of the STARBASE Energy 2.0 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program at Kerr Middle School in Del City.
Fifteen new eighth-grade students enrolled in the program consisting of 12 one-hour modules scheduled to be complete by March 11th 2020. The module curriculum follows the lifecycle of the oil and gas industry and was developed by WEN OK members from a variety of sources, including information generously provided by the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB). The program helps young girls understand how the energy industry operates, how it impacts their daily lives and how the industry remains focused on safety, environmental concerns and supporting local communities.
WEN OK’s STEM program offers energy-based curriculum to students in grades six through eight to promote STEM learning and confidence during these critical ages through fun, hands-on activities and friendly competition. The program is a collaboration between the Department of Defense’s STARBASE Oklahoma after-school program, which fosters STEM education in communities that are historically under-represented in STEM-related opportunities, targeting schools with high percentages of at-risk students.
The STARBASE energy STEM 2.0 program was selected as the best in the nation for the Women’s Energy Network Chapter winning the Outstanding Chapter Program Award at the 2019 WEN National Conference in Denver, Colorado.
The STEM program represents WEN OK’s commitment to helping young women in its communities gain confidence in STEM areas, which are critical elements for so many jobs in the energy industry, and raise awareness to the variety of career opportunities available to women who have these interests and skills.
If you're interested in volunteering, or your company is passionate about STEM and motivating students to explore STEM education, reach out to [email protected]