Oklahoma STEM Foundation is connecting young minds with affordable hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (S.T.E.M.) learning resources. We concretely achieve this goal by:
1. Start in the early childhood age range with exposure to hands-on activities.
2. Increase awareness with STEM Safari and competitions:
3. Aspire to apply open badges to retain interest and instate a rewards system
Who are we?
Oklahoma’s STEM Foundation is an Oklahoma nonprofit corporation, our 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Service tax-exempt id is 45-4266628 effective December 2011. Our foundation is composed of various STEM influencers such as Schools, Universities, Colleges and Engineering companies. The aim is to foster entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, and community development by providing mentoring and hands-on co-learning programs for children and parents in STEM fields. Our programs include design as well as functionality; we even endeavor to include ART!
STEM Skills Gap in Oklahoma
- 6,071 STEM Job Openings/year in Oklahoma
- 6,058 STEM degree graduates (from OSRHE)
- 2,968 leave STEM pipeline and/or the State
In 10 years, average annual openings: 6,701 each year.
Oklahoma is expected to have to replace 40% of the existing STEM workforce.
We believe Oklahoma needs to accomplish three things:
- equal education opportunities for all students
- highly effective STEM educators
- the leveraging of resources and forging of partnerships to strengthen these efforts.
Our initiative is to excite young students about STEM and encourage them to enroll in science & math class.
We believe we can promote awareness by sustaining the support of creative ideas, initiatives, and innovations that contribute to the untapped interest in our state. We aim to recognize opportunities concerning STEM that can be shared, adapted or adopted by anyone.
Our goal is to ensure Oklahoma students become leaders inspired, educated and prepared to solve the challenges in a world of emerging STEM careers. We hope to provide youth with alliances, leadership, support and resources. It is the community’s responsibility to allow for the design and implementation of effective STEM learning environments and prepare students to make informed decisions on STEM issues and careers.