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STEM Centers are coming to OKCPS

By Chamber Staff / Policy / August 14, 2019

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) centers are places where kids and young adults can use its unique mediums to flex their creativity and problem-solving muscles. Recently, several volunteers, including over 40 Devon employees, helped OKC’s Mark Twain Elementary create a few STEM centers of their own. The best part? These buildings are only the first of many: the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools is working with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and many other local funders to put STEM centers in every public school in OKC.

Thanks to the efforts of these volunteers, a new makerspace was built into the school’s old Kiwanis Center. The new and improved space will include STEM equipment, new paint and furniture, a makerspace, computers, a 3D printer and a LEGO wall.

 “STEM Centers in every elementary school give students the chance to explore technology, work creatively and turn their ideas into reality,” said Foundation President & CEO Mary Mélon. “Learning how to combine innovative thinking with technology will be the key to future success for today’s students, so investing in opportunities for our kids is vital to securing our community’s future.”

The STEM center at Mark Twain Elementary will have an official ribbon cutting ceremony by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on Tuesday, Aug. 27. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is scheduled to go until noon. Refreshments will be provided, and anybody who wants to be at an exciting moment in OKCPS history is welcome to attend. You can learn more on the Chamber’s Grand Openings page.

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