The Youth Chess League of Central Oklahoma is working with several school in the Oklahoma City area to help bring chess to every student in Central Oklahoma. “Chess strengthens young minds, builds confidence, and cultivates character. It breaks down barriers between genders, ages, and ethnicities, bringing together children from a broad spectrum
OKAN is excited to be hosting and facilitating a 3-day Professional Development Academy for 25 teachers from Oklahoma City Public & Charter Schools in June. The academy will focus on STEM learning, especially ways that teachers can incorporate more hands-on STEM into their classroom on a small budget. Additionally, Oklahoma
Last week, OKAN had the opportunity to visit two sites, Centennial Mid High School and the Urban League of OKC, to facilitate an Hour of Code. Hour of Code is an initiative started by Code.org to introduce people of all ages to computer science and programming. There are activities available
Where is a place that you can see students engaged and exploring every aspect of informal STEM education? Dove Public Schools showcase elementary, middle, and high school students’ STEM knowledge to onlookers from higher education, local organizations, and the community. You could even talk to astronaut Mr. Duane Carey, or
On January 21 OKAN visited Young Achievers Christian Academy in Oklahoma City to do an Hour of Code with students in grades K through 5. Each grade level participated in an activity from Lightbot, where students program a robot to navigate obstacles in order to complete tasks. Lightbot has
Principal Technologies and Lifestyle Learning donated Lifestyle Learning comic books and teacher guides to Oklahoma City Public School’s Eugene Field Elementary. These two great companies have partnered with OKAN for the past couple of years to promote STEM and expanded learning. Principal Technologies is a STEM staffing agency located in
Photo from www.dsaelementary.org Saturday, January 10 was the 7th Annual Dove Science Fair. Students proudly displayed and presented their various projects (and demonstrations) for judges and parents to view. OKAN had the privilege of judging eight fourth grade projects. The projects explored many topics, including effective handwashing, explosive volcanoes, and
We are entering the “era of the three Cs: code, college readiness and community impact.” Caroline Howard (Forbes) discusses shifts in education as Forbes recognizes 30 individuals under the age of 30 who are changing and improving education. Read the article here. [Photo by Walter Smith for Forbes]
“We need more women, more workers!” ‘The energy companies want to hire them. Whether it’s Chevron or BP or Conoco, they’re looking for them. They’re just looking for responsible, hardworking people.” Energy companies across the nation are looking to hire more women to meet the demand of the workforce. Click
December 8 – 14, 2014 was Computer Science Education Week. This week is meant to inform and educate students, parents, and educators about computer programming and the broad field of Computer Science. Computer programmers are in high demand, especially in Oklahoma, where our workforce is heavily focused on technology, science,
Thirteen Cities Selected For Their Plans To Bolster STEM Mentorship For Underrepresented Students November 12, 2013 – Boston, MA | Today US2020 announced the finalists of the first round of its national City Competition. Thirteen cities were chosen from a pool of 52 applicants. The US2020 City Competition is
There are always a lot of things going on for children in Muskogee, Oklahoma. From the Muskogee Roughers football team reading to second graders at Tony Goetz Elementary, to the Muskogee Public Library, “Geek the Week at Library”. But the Benjamin Franklin Science Academy made STEM into a family affair.
What is “Sick Science”? Sick Science is when you get over 100 educators (teachers and afterschool professionals) together with Steve Spangler at Science Museum Oklahoma to do activities with dry ice, potato launchers, Boo Bubles, ballons and hexnuts. We like to call it professional development. I like to call it,
Let’s Talk STEM! The Project LIFTOFF STEM Advisory Board came together last Thursday to kick off a year of STEM planning! Hailing from areas such as aerospace, engineering, computer technology and others, they are focused on one common goal, “Creating a statewide system to incorporate and sustain Informal STEM learning
Rural Afterschool Efforts Must Stretch to Serve Funding and transportation are common challenges By Diette Courrege Published in Education Week: December 11, 2012 One of three grants Linda Barton relies on to provide out-of-school programs to her students will run out this month. With two other grants still in play,
STEAM-ing Hot 5th Graders The Oklahoma Afterschool Network, Arts Council of Oklahoma City and several its member agencies received a treat from Sequoyah Elementary students. Smiling fifth graders from Sequoyah’s Prairie Dance Theater group energetically performed and entertained members of the Oklahoma City arts community. This is STEAM (Science, Technology,
Southwestern Oklahoma State University has been selected to be one of five pilot sites for Tech Trek, a week long summer camp focused on engaging middle school girls in STEM careers and majors. Read more about the program on the SWOSU website!
Twenty mother-daughter teams spent the day working on hands-on science at STEM Saturday for Mothers and Daughters at Gordon Cooper Technology Center. “I want to be a mechanical engineer, but chemical engineering sounds fun and interesting too”, said 10-year old Laura Farris of Shawnee. Click here to read the whole story!
Ms. Caldwell’s afterschool class in Eufaula loves using STEM on a Shoestring curriculum kits! STEM learning is fun for kids and does not have to be expensive. That’s the inspiration behind STEM on a Shoestring blogs and curriculum by OKAN’s Debby Venable. So, check out the blog and try some
Larry Bock Founder and organizer, USA Science & Engineering Festival Posted: 12/28/11 They say New Year’s resolutions are meant to be broken. But as another year begins, here is a national challenge we cannot afford to ignore, and should resolve to address without delay: the declining number of young Americans
Hands-on STEM activities for a "shoestring" budget.