Devon Announces Gift for STEM Programming for Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health

Devon Announces Gift for STEM Programming for Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health

Devon Energy announced a gift to Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health as part of its commitment to supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning.

“Devon is deeply committed to empowering and supporting young minds, especially those facing difficult situations like undergoing treatment in the hospital,” said Rick Muncrief, president and CEO of Devon. “Through this investment, we hope to inspire innovation and foster curiosity. We believe in the transformative power of education and are proud to support the creation of this space.”

The contribution enables the hospital to immediately purchase STEM software and equipment, implement new gaming and virtual programs, and expand its existing robotics program for the Child Life Zone.

The Zone, celebrating its 25-year anniversary, is a 6,000-square-foot space largely funded through community support. It is an area for hospitalized children and their families to take a break, learn and play. Much of the gift from Devon Energy will also fund a multi-million-dollar renovation of The Zone to include a state-of-the-art Devon space.

“The Devon space will enhance our existing programs and empower children with interactive learning experiences,” said Richard P. Lofgren, M.D., MPH, president and CEO of OU Health. “Thanks to Devon’s support, we can make a difference for kids and families who need educational and expressive outlets but lack access due to illness or injury.”

Kids will be able to activate STEM programs in The Zone and have opportunities with mobile carts, virtual programs and adaptive technologies. There will also be an interactive wall installed.