The Southwest Alliance for Girl’s Enrichment STEAM Camp welcomed 50 middle-school girls to explore careers in STEM fields, with the additions of the arts and humanities. 

One Duncan Middle School student traveled to Devon Energy June 12 for The Southwest Alliance for Girl’s Enrichment (SAGE) STEAM Camp at Southwest Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) where dozens of eighth-grade girls were brought together to one of the most innovative companies in the state.

According to a press release, the campers, including Duncan Middle School’s Jillian Swor, took part in several hands-on demonstrations, including working with Microsoft’s Hololens virtual reality system, examining fossils and attending a talk about life as a scientist.

“Coming to Devon is a critical part of our activities,” said Lisa Appeddu, camp director at SAGE. “Nothing more clearly demonstrates the potential of learning and loving STEM to these girls than meeting women who are solving real-world problems.”

SAGE STEAM takes the traditional programs of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and combines the arts and humanities in a week-long residential program. The addition of the arts and humanities comes from a study that suggests adding them may help close the gender gap in STEM fields.

“Today’s students will become tomorrow’s innovators,” said Christina Rehkop, community relations director at Devon. “That’s why Devon focuses on improving STEM education, especially for students who don’t often have a chance to work with the latest technology and tools.”

The campers also visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, which incorporates STEM concepts through exhibits about forensics and crime scene investigation.

According to Rehkop, the company is focused on supporting STEM education.

Devon Energy is an independent energy company that leads in its field in finding and producing oil and natural gas. It is based out of Oklahoma City, and operates in several oil and natural gas plays in the U.S. with an emphasis on strong returns and efficient growth.