Devon Energy surprises New Tech Odessa with $5,000
Tech Odessa science teacher Richard Lindner knew some sort of special
announcement was coming during the school’s lunch last Wednesday. He just
didn’t know he was at the center of it.
Mr. Lindner submitted an application
to the Devon Energy Science Giants grant program in the fall, and the surprise
announcement was to let him know he had received $5,000 to start a two-year
rocketry program for NTO juniors and seniors. “I had no idea,” he said.
state-approved science course offers a principles of rocketry curriculum to 11th-graders
and by the end of 12th-grade students are launching large scale
rockets that can be several feet tall. “I’ve seen examples of classes in this
program going to White Sands Missile Range because they’re launching things
20,000-30,000 feet in the air,” he added.
course, that is down the road. The Science Giants grant gives NTO the resources
to purchase the curriculum, teacher training, and supplies to get the class off
Tech Odessa teacher have demonstrated a strong commitment to enhancing science
education for their students,” said Shannon Moss, production supervisor in
Devon’s Midland office. “We are excited to have the opportunity to help them
strengthen their classroom programs.”
program, SystemsGo Aeroscience, was developed in Fredericksburg High School and
uses problem solving and project-based learning to promote engineering studies.