The Tulsa (OK) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated partnered with Assistance League of Tulsa and volunteered at Operation School Bell.
Students from John Hope Franklin Elementary School were provided the opportunity to shop and be fitted for clothing items on the list. All items were brand new, in packaging with tags. Volunteers assisted as the students tried on their new clothing in separate dressing rooms. Their faces lit up with smiles when they looked at themselves in the mirror.
The Links were warmly welcomed and invited to come again!
2nd Annual STEAM Kids Forum:
On October 26, 2019, kids of all ages joined The Tulsa (OK) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated at their 2nd Annual STEAM Kids Forum lead by Services to Youth.
The purpose of the event was to increase awareness of the career opportunities and provide age appropriate hands on activities relating to STEAM.
The featured panelist were:
Dr. Jameca Price – Assistant Professor in the Department of OBGYN and serves as Medical Director of the Women’s Health Care Specialists Clinic.
Jumoke Akingbola – Reservoir Engineer OneOK. Responsible for OK and KS Natural Gas storage and TX Natural Gas Liquids storage fields totaling over 100 BCF and 15MM BBLS respectively.
Cindy McGhee – Certified Public Accountant and Founder/Managing Director of NexGen Tax Services PLLC, a boutique tax and accounting firm based in Tulsa, OK.
Each shared information about their area of expertise and the kids asked/answered questions. In addition, prizes were awarded to the participants for correct answers.
Afterwards, the students were engaged with some hands on activities at three stations lead by demonstrators:
Christina Armstrong facilitated the “Water Color Painting” hands on activity. She used baking soda, vinegar, pipettes, watercolor paper and tempura paint. This activity demonstrated Science and Art. The students experienced the evidence of a chemical change, chemical reaction and was able to answer the question “What is Matter?”.
Bricks 4 Kidz used “Legos” to build different types of machines relating to Engineering and Technology. Through trial and error, the students were shown how to make a structure that would stand on its own.
Valarie Aldridge facilitated the “Marshmallow Noodle Build”. She used marshmallows, spaghetti noodles, yarn, and masking tape. The students worked in teams and were instructed to build a structure as tall as possible. The only stipulation was the structure must stand on its own. The team with the tallest structure was awarded a prize. This activity demonstrated Engineering.
Overall, the STEAM Forum was a huge success. The parents, students, panelist and demonstrators really enjoyed the event and look forward to next year.
Kick-Off STEAM Introduction Session:
The Tulsa (OK) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated facilitated the initial kickoff for their mentoring program.
The objective was to share the purpose and goals of the STEAM initiative and the members of the Facets shared how they addressed each component last year.
S-Science-Health and Human Services
T-Technology-International Trends and Services
E-Engineering-Services to Youth
M-Math-National Trends and Services
The students were very engaged and excited for the coming school year.
John Hope Franklin Elementary School Kick Off:
The Tulsa (OK) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated had the pleasure of participating in the John Hope Franklin Elementary School Kick Off.
Members presented a worksheet to the attendees and the goal was to unscramble words associated with Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math.
Once complete, the kids received a fun takeaway. In addition, The Links distributed flyers in support of their upcoming STEAM Forum October 26.
The Links are looking forward to continuing their mentoring program at the new school.