PESA representatives and members recently attend a Community STEM Night hosted by the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) at the Kingfisher County Fairgrounds. The event, held March 26, attracted more than 700 people including students from elementary school age to high schoolers who participated in experiments and games related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Students worked with robotics, learned about core samples, flew drones, and made slime. Activities also included a photo booth, fossil dig, free food, and door prizes.
PESA members Halliburton and Select Energy Services cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for attendees while Baker Hughes, a GE Company offered tours of a new wireline truck. PESA provided information to teachers and parents on the IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center.
The PESA-supported Energize for Safety Coalition had representatives on hand to share safe driving information with students and provided new drivers the opportunity to sit in the cab of an 18-wheeler and a police cruiser.
The OERB partners with organizations, museums and universities to bring interactive STEM exhibits to communities all across Oklahoma. Working alongside oil and natural gas companies, these events also highlight STEM career opportunities. The goal is to get kids from K-12 engaged in STEM and inspired to be future scientists and engineers.
Funded through a voluntary one percent assessment on oil and natural gas production, the OERB provides free environmental restoration of abandoned well sites and extensive educational resources for Oklahoma teachers.