Over 700 middle school students enjoyed Math and Science Night

posted Nov 13, 2017, 10:54 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 10:54 AM ]

More than 700 area students took part in the second annual “Hands On, Minds On Bartlesville Math and Science Night” event on Monday evening, Nov. 6 at Madison Middle School. Over 500 of those students came from Bartlesville's Madison and Central Middle Schools.

The goal of “Hands On, Minds On” was to help area youngsters from grades six through eight learn more about the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields of study as well as career options in the energy industry. This year’s event drew more than twice the number of students than last year's inaugural event. “Hands On, Minds On” was sponsored and facilitated by ConocoPhillips and the Oklahoma Energy Resource Board (OERB), the Oklahoma State University chapter of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the OSU College of Engineering. The event was hosted by Madison Middle School with extensive support from school staff, coordinated by Science Building Coordinator Theresa Miller and Principal Joey Eidson.

“Hands On, Minds On” was free and open to middle school-aged students from throughout Bartlesville and the surrounding areas. Attending were students from both public and private schools, including Bartlesville’s Madison and Central middle schools, St. John Catholic School, Wesleyan Christian School, and schools in Dewey and Nowata. Home school students were on hand as well. Including the adults and siblings of the middle school students, the event attracted over 1,200 attendees.

“We were pleased to have the opportunity to assist in hosting this vital and rewarding event,” said ConocoPhillips’ Mark Headley, manager of Real Estate and Facilities Services. “ConocoPhillips has a longstanding commitment to help students excel in math, graduate high school and succeed in college. ‘Hands On, Minds On’ offered some outstanding educational opportunities for our area students.”

“Hands On, Minds On” featured interactive fun as students explored over 30 activity stations focused on various subjects, such as coding, seismic activity, chemistry and geology. Math- and engineering-themed games were available, with prizes awarded to top performers.

“We appreciate all of those who sponsored and facilitated such a great event at our school,” said Madison principal Joey Eidson. “The students really enjoyed taking part while learning more about math and science in a fun environment.”

Complimentary pizza and beverages were provided by Truity Credit Union. More than 160 volunteers from ConocoPhillips, the OERB, the OSU chapter of the AAPG and the OSU College of Engineering were on hand to help run the stations, guide students, and offer insight.

In all, more than 90 prizes were awarded, among them three Dell laptop computers, two Apple watches, Kindle Fires, a Polaroid camera and gift cards. Additionally, four students received “Day In the Life” prizes, enabling them to travel aboard the ConocoPhillips air shuttle from Bartlesville to the company’s global headquarters in Houston to learn more about career opportunities within the energy industry. Prize drawings were offered for parents and teachers as well. 

Volunteers and hands-on stations
Over 160 volunteers manned over 30 hands-on stations

Over 1200 attendees
Over 1,200 attendees filled the school gym, enjoying free pizza and beverages before the stations opened