Devon Energy announces Science Giants in Osage County

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

The 2014 Devon Energy Science Giants grant competition is under way and currently accepting grant applications from Osage County Schools.

The $10,000 grant recognizes a school that demonstrate gains in science and innovative approaches to encourage students’ interest in science.

Stillwater Public Schools teachers Rebecca Palmatary and Sandy Majors were awarded the 2013 Science Giants grant to purchase Microsoft Surface and Surface 2 Pro tablets and accessories for two fourth grade science classrooms at Westwood Elementary School. The tablets have allowed students to work in small groups to research, compile, record and report findings during hands-on science units, rather than waiting several days for access to a computer lab.

Schools eligible to apply for the grant include those in Garfield, Grant, Kay, Logan, Noble, Osage, Pawnee and Payne Counties. Applications are limited to one per school and must have approval from the principal.

“Science plays an essential role in the oil and natural gas industry,” Devon Community Relations Supervisor Christina Rehkop said. “These students are the future of our industry and of Oklahoma, and we want to honor schools that create a passion for science among students.”

Schools will be judged based on innovative and sustainable approaches used in and out of the classroom to cultivate interest in science. They must also showcase vision to improve student achievement in science within means of an appropriate and resourceful budget.

Deadline for entries is 2 p.m. on Nov. 13. The principal of the winning school will be notified in December.

For complete entry details, visit www.dvn.com/social-responsibility/community-relations/science-giants or contact Christina Rehkop at christina.rehkop@dvn.com.