ConocoPhillips sponsors Central's STEM student association

posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:14 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 3:23 AM by District Webmaster ]

Representatives from ConocoPhillips, Melissa Loyd-Furnas and Karen Leinen, presented a check at Central Middle School’s recent Friday morning rally to sponsor the school’s newly formed Technology Student Association (TSA). This sponsorship will help STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teacher Laura Williams and her TSA club members purchase the uniforms needed for competitions.

“ConocoPhillips has a long tradition of investing in the communities in which we operate,” says Karen Leinen, who leads Bartlesville Community Relations for the company. “Education is a particular area of focus for us, so we’re happy to help Central’s TSA.”

Students from the STEM classes at Central Middle School came together to form the TSA, which currently has 37 members. Central’s TSA meets in one of their new Phillips 66 Innovation Labs at Central on Thursdays after school.

The members are learning how to conduct meetings and make decisions as a group with Robert’s Rules of Order. Officers were elected and attended a leadership conference at NSU in Tahlequah. The club’s favorite activity so far has been volunteering at the Salvation Army during the Angel Tree Distribution Day. They worked hard and received more than they gave that day. All members want to do it again next year.

The group recently went on a field trip to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and attended one of its new STEM learning classes on structures and waves and forensic investigation.

This sponsorship will help outfit the students for competitions. These competitions require the students to wear a blue TSA dress jacket and blue polos at the TSA State Conference. Because the school district cannot spend state or local general fund dollars on student apparel, the group must raise the money locally.

“The Central TSA does great work in the classroom and in the community,” says Melissa Loyd-Furnas, who is in University Relations for ConocoPhillips. “Now they’ll have the proper attire to take part in state and national TSA events.”

Please contact Laura (Lolly) Williams at Central Middle School if you’re interested in sponsoring this great group of kids as they explore STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through TSA. Her email address is Veteran STEM teacher Darin Messerli also assists with the program.
TSA Donation
Melissa Loyd-Furnas (left), University Relations for ConocoPhillips, and Karen Leinen (right), Bartlesville Community Relations, present a check to Laura (Lolly) Williams (center) and her Central TSA club members. STEM teacher Darin Messerli is just behind Lolly.