Women’s Energy Network of Greater OK Graduates STEM Students
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., March 6, 2019 – The Women’s Energy Network of Greater Oklahoma (WENOK) has successfully completed its pilot STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program and on March 13 will graduate 14 female eighth-grade students attending Kerr Middle School in Del City. The graduation event will take place at 4:30 p.m. at Kerr Middle School, located at 2300 Linda Lane, Del City, OK 73115.
WENOK’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 STEM program represents WENOK’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.
“Keeping students in the STEM talent pipeline is essential for meeting Oklahoma STEM job demands for the future. Statistics show that girls tend to lose interest in STEM-based curriculum during middle school,” said Jim Kiser, Oklahoma managing director, Deloitte LLP, and WENOK executive advisor. “WENOK is helping counteract that by engaging girls in these hands-on experiential STEM learning opportunities, and now 14 girls have a new-found knowledge of the energy industry and increased confidence in their STEM skills.”
Kerr Middle School in Del City was selected to pilot this new STEM curriculum. Consisting of 12 modules, the curriculum follows the lifecycle of the oil and gas industry and was developed by WENOK 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.« Back to chapter news