Posted Date: 04/21/2021
EPS Receives STEM Money from Vance
Enid Public Schools secondary teachers will continue to provide quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) instruction thanks to a donation from Vance Air Force Base.
Vance has given the district over $45,000 through the Air Force STEM grant program in the last three years. The funds have primarily been for Fab Labs, or digital fabrication laboratory, in the district, which provide access to the environment, the skills, the materials and the advanced technology to allow anyone anywhere to make (almost) anything.
Dudley Darrow, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, noted how far the district’s STEM curriculum has come thanks to the continuous support from Vance AFB.
“We are so very fortunate at EPS to have such a supportive and collaborative partnership with Vance,” said Darrow. “Over the years they’ve supported the EHS fab lab and we are looking forward to continued projects at the secondary level.”
Vance is focusing on increasing exposure to STEM activities to local students to encourage students to pursue STEM careers. According to the Vance school liaison, Timothy Higgins, the base is very excited to be such a hands-on partner with EPS.
“EPS and the greater Enid community have always welcomed Vance families and we are pleased to be able to give back to the community,” said Higgins. “We are thrilled to do our part to encourage interest and motivation in STEM education.”
With 3.5 million STEM jobs needing to filled by 2025 (according to an article on the Society for Human Resource Management website) Vance is thrilled to provide more opportunities to EPS students to generate more interest in the field. This year, the district will use the money for the Flight and Space Module in Project Lead the Way classes at the middle schools.
EPS has received over $6 million in grants over the last three years in addition to Vance’s generous donations. Partners and donors include T-Mobile, George Davis, Allen Family Foundation, Vicki & Kevin Davis Scholarship, Junior Welfare League, Striving Readers Grant, OETT/K20 Grant, EPS Foundation, Edward Jones, K/H Financial, TPI Staffing Services, Friends of the Observatory, and AT&T. EPS would like to express their thanks and gratitude to each and every donor.