OKAN STEM/STEAM Enrichment Objectives:
- Developing educators and afterschool professionals to facilitate STEM learning through hands-on experiences
- Forming annual regional STEM Academies
- Engaging afterschool and summer STEM programs
- Enlisting industry partners and professionals along the way
- Mapping Oklahoma’s afterschool STEM assets
- Expanding partnerships to leverage curriculum, policy support, funding, mentoring between programs and industry
OKAN recognizes the need for a STEM-skilled workforce to keep Oklahoma competitive in a global economy. This is why OKAN has invested the past five years in promoting informal hands-on science expanded learning for students, STEM professional development and technical assistance for educators/youth development workers, and high quality STEM resources and tools for classrooms and programs. The triangulation of academics, STEM, and the workplace can ensure that our children and youth experience 21st century life-skills in the classroom and in afterschool programs that will allow them to succeed in the rapidly advancing areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in Oklahoma.
OKAN supports high quality STEM enrichment through its partnerships and strategic collaborations across the state and the nation. We will work with Oklahoma’s most important public and private industries, colleges, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies with the goal of providing classrooms and programs with adequate support and the best resources to engage students in STEM. With these efforts STEM will be integrated into all subject matters, and the Arts will be emphasized to create STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) programs across the state. Resulting in a sySTEM that will help Oklahoma’s children and youth make the connection from academics to the real-world and the many career opportunities in Oklahoma’s workforce. The network is and remains an ambassador for sustaining informal science and hands-on STEM expanded learning opportunities for all of Oklahoma’s children and youth.
OKAN feels that in order to improve the attitudes of students toward STEM. We must first give educators and youth development workers the confidence and knowledge to facilitate hands-on, rigorous and relevant STEM. OKAN and its STEM partners provide STEM Professional Development opportunities for educators and youth development workers that identify successful strategies for engaging and incorporating hands-on STEM into the core work of classrooms and Out-of-School Time (OST) programs.
Parents & Students
Regional STEM Academies:
The STEM Academy is a professional development opportunity for a selected group of afterschool staff members to learn how to engage students in hands-on STEM and informal science learning. The STEM Academy is a year-long opportunity for participants gain access to conferences, funding information, curricula, technical assistance, networking opportunities, and hands-on back-stage field trips to Oklahoma industry leaders. If you or someone you know is interested in participating, please contact Cedric Currin-Moore.