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Oklahoma Engineering Foundation Inc.

  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • www.oef.org

Mission Statement

Mission: The Oklahoma Engineering Foundation is an organization of engineers, educators, and industry and community partners committed to furthering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in Oklahoma, producing engineering professionals, and employing them in Oklahoma. Vision: The Oklahoma Engineering Foundation will ENGAGE students in middle and high school, ENCOURAGE collegiate students through scholarships, and EMPOWER those students to succeed in engineering careers due to partnerships with industry and community leaders. Focus: Uniting Forces with other STEM Initiatives aligned with our mission and vision. The Oklahoma Engineering Foundation is ENGINEERING Oklahoma...one student at a time.

Main Programs

  1. Oklahoma MATHCOUNTS Program
  2. OEF Engineering Fair
  3. Senior Showcase & Engineering Innovation Award
Service Areas

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Oklahoma

Programs are offered to Oklahoma students statewide.

ruling year

1976

Principal Officer since 2014

Self-reported

Adrianne Covington Graham

Keywords

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OEF, Engineer, MATHCOUNTS, Engineering Fair

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EIN

51-0176975

 Number

0975158212

Also Known As

AKA OEF

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Pun)

Community Coalitions (S21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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In 2015, the Oklahoma Engineering Foundation directly impacted Oklahoma students interested in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] through our programs: - over 1000 middle and high school students participated in the 34th Annual OEF Engineering Fair at the Science Museum Oklahoma- 664 middle-school students statewide went through the Oklahoma MATHCOUNTS program (competitions ranging from in-school competitions, regional competitions, state competition, and national competition)- OEF currently provides 10 scholarships for Oklahoma collegians enrolled in the Engineering Departments at Oklahoma universities received substantial financial support through the OEF Scholarship Program. For 2016, OEF strives to:1) Not only continue but lengthen our reach into Oklahoma schools through strategic partnerships with educational organizations/institutions, enabling our programs to grow and increase our impact on STEM education in Oklahoma.2) Increase statewide awareness of STEM education opportunities and the need to engage students in STEM education and encourage students to pursue STEM careers. 3) Provide opportunities for current Engineers in Oklahoma to serve as role models for students and increase awareness of the invaluable contributions engineers make to our state and its economy. 4) Support other STEM initiatives with the end goal of raising up new generations of Oklahoma Engineers and creating the jobs to keep them in Oklahoma past graduation.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Oklahoma MATHCOUNTS Program

A nationally recognized mathematics competition and classroom program, MATHCOUNTS is for students who love math and students who fear math, meaning it's for everyone. OEF, through the MATHCOUNTS program, works to increase math literacy among middle school students and provide the tools and resources for teachers to lead their students through the rigorous math problems to become successful in the regional and state competitions.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$45,000.00

Program 2

OEF Engineering Fair

Event held at the Science Museum Oklahoma offering hands-on contests for middle school and high school students giving them an introduction to engineering and its principles.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 3

Senior Showcase & Engineering Innovation Award

The Senior Showcase & Engineering Innovation Award is a new program started in 2013. Partnering with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), OEF hosts an event showcasing the senior capstone projects of PLTW students across the state. A panel of judges assembled by OEF reviews their presentations, and OEF awards the Engineering Innovation Award to the top-ranked team. This program promotes the incredible pre-engineering work being accomplished by our high school seniors.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$1000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Oklahoma

Programs are offered to Oklahoma students statewide.

Funding Needs

1. VOLUNTEERS: The Oklahoma Engineering Foundation is fueled by its volunteer base. As the OEF volunteer base phases out of volunteerism, we are actively seeking more volunteers to help shape students' perspectives of the STEM fields. Volunteers need not be engineers but rather someone passionate about STEM, Oklahoma, and/or education. 2) SUPPORT: OEF's greatest limitation is resource funding. Donors (corporate and individual) have been faithful to keep our current programming alive, but to branch out and offer more options to attract the next generation of engineers requires additional funding. Participating in our OCCF endowment, fundraising events, corporate matching programs, or annual fund helps us make a difference--not only in a student's life, but in the lives of your fellow Oklahomans. 3) MENTORS: We receive requests weekly from schools/parents/individuals looking for engineering mentors. Arrangements can be made to accommodate any time a mentor can give. 4) AMBASSADORS: Frankly, OEF is one of Oklahoma's best kept secrets. Consider becoming an OEF Ambassador and spreading the word about OEF, its programs, and its mission within your circle of influence.

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OKLAHOMA ENGINEERING FOUNDATION, INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Oklahoma Engineering Foundation Inc.

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Principal Officer

Adrianne Covington Graham

BIO

Adrianne Covington Graham, a native Oklahoman, specializes in community engagement, advocacy, professional development, and education initiatives. She is a member of Leadership Oklahoma City Class 33, the best class ever. Adrianne has worked in legislative communications for the Oklahoma State Senate and the Oklahoma Education Association and is the former Director of the Training & Development Center at OSU-OKC where she managed several adult education programs and grant initiatives. Adrianne has also served as Communications Director for a statewide political campaign. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where she earned a BA in Administrative Leadership and a Master's of Human Relations with an emphasis in Organizational Development. Adrianne is an education advocate and currently serves on the Youth Leadership Exchange Board and is an active member in her community through volunteer work with nonprofits such as Arts Council, Western Avenue Association, and Leadership OKC. She is a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Networking group, an alumnae of Leadership OKC, and serves as a mentor each year for a youth class member in YLX. Adrianne also serves on the Steering Committee of the Central Oklahoma STEM Alliance (COSTEMA). An experienced policy writer, Adrianne understands the technical nature of grant writing while also understanding the importance of relationship building in all fundraising efforts. She is the mother of a Kinesiology major and understands the importance of a quality STEM education at an early age. This is the basis of her desire to provide quality STEM education programs in Oklahoma as well as provide resources for parents to spark interest in their children at an early age in STEM education.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" Hello, Partners! The Oklahoma Engineering Foundation strives to increase Oklahoma's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education opportunities. Our organization has been around since 1975, providing STEM programs to middle and high school students. While our impact has been great throughout the years, I am extremely excited about the future growth potential of STEM education. Our small but mighty organization must work every day to promote our programs and increase community awareness. I just recently joined this organization in late October 2014 and have quickly learned through talking with STEM leaders, that OEF has only one way to go in name recognition - UP! Our main focus has been to provide quality STEM programs to Oklahoma's youth, but with your support, our reach can become even greater. Here is a glimpse of our impact: Over 84,000 students and teachers have participated in the OEF Engineering FairsNearly 9,000 Mathletes have competed in the regional and state MATHCOUNTS competitionsOver $314,000 in scholarships have been awarded to Oklahoma students studying Engineering in Oklahoma universities. The work those before me have poured into these programs has been great and I'm honored to carry forward their efforts. But there is so much more to accomplish. With your help, I know we can increase these numbers as well as provide the tools and resources educators, parents, and students need to be successful in pursuing STEM education. We must work together to provide a multitude of STEM opportunities to students, teachers, and parents across the state and increase OEF's impact within Oklahoma's STEM education system. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce projects 6,260 STEM job openings per year in Oklahoma over the next ten years. That is over 62,000 new jobs for Oklahomans. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education indicate that Oklahoma has only graduated on average 4,171 STEM field graduates over the past three years. A gaping disconnect remains between the demand and the supply for quality STEM professions in Oklahoma. Current research indicates that students must be engaged with science, technology, engineering, and math by middle school in order to be fully prepared for and able to remain loyal to the field throughout college. The responsibility to attract these students falls to us. The Oklahoma Engineering Foundation and its partners—corporate and individual—must ENGAGE students by informing them of the true nature of the engineering field and the opportunities a STEM education can provide, ENCOURAGE students to develop the math, science, and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in engineering, and EMPOWER students to pursue engineering by offering programs and scholarships to ignite their creativity. If we accomplish these three things, a student is far more likely to continue on the engineering path and continue their STEM education. Partnerships are vital to the future success of STEM education and the Oklahoma Engineering Foundation. I encourage you to join us in our quest to enhance STEM education opportunities for Oklahoma's youth and their teachers. Together, we can impact future industry leaders and ensure their STEM education is the best in the nation. Together, we can Engineer Oklahoma...one student at a time. Join me today and let's build something great. Adrianne Covington Graham Executive Director/CEOOklahoma Engineering Foundation "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jon Sikes PE

Wishbone Energy Partners

Term: June 2014 - May 2016

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