Oct. 24–A grant from Devon Energy helped students embrace math and science by funding STEM studies at Monterrey Elementary.
The club let children in first through fifth grade focus on STEM based learning and was funded through a $10,000 Devon Ingenuity STEM Grant awarded to Deena Antiporda.
“I think instilling an early love of science and math in students leads to a love of learning in general. Science and math surround us in our daily lives,” Antiporda said.
“By helping our young students learn to love science and math, we are opening many doors for them and encouraging them to take advantage of every learning opportunity that comes their way.”
Antiporda said the grant funded a STEM lab and supplies that allows students to have a dedicated time and place for “hands-on STEM activities.”
“Being awarded the Devon Ingenuity STEM Grant made a huge impact here at Monterrey Elementary,” Antiporda said.
Devon, an Oklahoma City-based oil and natural gas producer, awarded the grant in 2017 and recently announced that application process for 2018 grants is open.
“Educators are the key to improving students’ understanding of STEM concepts and fostering students’ interest in pursuing careers in STEM fields. However, schools often need additional resources to carry out their innovative ideas,” said Shannon Johnson, senior community relations specialist with Devon Energy, in a news release.
“That’s why Devon annually awards grants in many areas where the company operates.”
Schools in Eddy and Lea counties can apply by visiting www.devonenergy.com.
Jessica Onsurez can be reached at 575-628-5531, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @JussGREAT.
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