Chevron, the global energy company known for its commitment to “finding newer, cleaner ways to power the world,” has joined the USA Science & Engineering Festival as a major sponsor, bringing with it a proven history of hands-on corporate outreach initiatives that ignite student motivation and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
And true to the company’s innovative approach to outreach, students and others at the Festival Expo this April in Washington, D.C. can expect to experience a special Chevron exhibit that they won’t soon forget: a smorgasbord of dynamic, interactive science demonstrations in one 3600 square-foot location – aptly called the STEM Zone! (Expo runs April 24-27)
“Science festivals are such a great way to reach out to communities,” says Janet Auer, Chevron’s Specialist of Education and Corporate Programs,” so we’re especially delighted to be a part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival – the largest event of its kind in the nation – since it brings together so many participants to show in dynamic ways how science impacts us all on an everyday basis.”
“The Festival,” adds Blair Blackwell, Manager of Education and Corporate Programs at Chevron, ” also provides an opportunity to demonstrate the many ways our Chevron engineers are using STEM in their work each day, in addition to allowing us to educate kids and teachers about STEM careers and the various STEM-related outreach programs Chevron is involved with.”
A popular exhibit attraction that the company has used with great success at previous outreach events is the Chevron STEM Zone, which Janet and Blair are eager to introduce to Festival Expo crowds for the first time.
In describing this interactive exhibit, Janet says: “Think of walking into a big tent and in one area you might do a ball drop to demonstrate gravity, and in another area you might participate in a robotics competition, and still in another zone you might blow up a balloon to create your own Hovercraft. The STEM Zone is a highly hands-on experience demonstrating how STEM is used in everyday life – from the science of sports to how Chevron engineers search for oil and gas.”
As testament to Chevron’s participation in the Festival, Chevron takes its commitment to outreach seriously. In the last three years, for example, it has provided $100 million to education initiatives, impacting more than one-half million students, the corporation reports.
Its key outreach involvements include: partnering with Project Lead the Way, one of the leading providers of STEM curricula for middle and high school students in the U.S.; the University Partnership Program, which works with colleges and universities around the world to build capacity through scholarships, grants and department gifts; Fuel Your School, an innovative collaboration that makes it easy for anyone to help public school teachers obtain classroom resources; and the Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership, which provides learning centers for under-served primary schools in Angola, Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa and Venezuela.
Says Blair: “What helps drive Chevron in such efforts is knowing the critical role that education, especially STEM education, is playing, and will continue to play, in impacting the future of innovation and economic development in the U.S. and around the globe. That’s why we invest in schools and teachers.”
The Festival thanks Chevron and our other dedicated Sponsors and Partners for helping to inspire the STEM leaders and innovators of tomorrow!