chevron helps north-east pupils delve into oil and gas

Secondary school pupils throughout Aberdeen City and Shire recently embarked on the first of three TechFest ‘Maths in the Pipeline’ workshops at Chevron Upstream Europe’s (Chevron) Headquarters in Aberdeen.

The event, sponsored by Chevron, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section and BP, saw the young students apply their mathematics skills to help solve an industry challenge as they delved into the world of oil and gas.

More than 110 pupils, aged between 13 and 16, are participating in this series of mathematical workshops and challenges. Throughout the process, the pupils will be supported and mentored by industry professionals, including representatives from Chevron, who will give the next generation an insight into the oil and gas industry.

Secondary school pupils from across Aberdeen City and Shire alongside their Chevron mentors

Secondary school pupils from across Aberdeen City and Shire alongside their Chevron mentors at the recent Maths in the Pipeline event, held at Chevron’s Aberdeen Headquarters.

The recent Maths in the Pipeline workshop began with an overview of the global oil and gas industry. Following this, the participating pupils were set a series of challenges, including the ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’, which tested their skills in geology, and the ‘Plight of the Navigator’, which used an algorithm to find solutions to a set mathematics based problems. Throughout the programme, the pupils also get the opportunity to undertake lessons in forecasting, business presentation skills, processing and transportation.

Molly Imrie, STEM coordinator with TechFest, said: “TechFest is delighted to return with ‘Maths in the Pipeline’ which is proving ever more popular. This year we have also taken the event on the road, visiting schools in Inverness, Elgin and Perthshire.

"The students always show great enthusiasm and intellect when solving the problems and it gives them a great opportunity to work with industry mentors."

Laura Easton, Chevron Upstream Europe’s Stakeholder Engagement and Social Investment advisor, said: "It was great to see the commitment and energy of the pupils during the event. As their confidence grew throughout the day, so did their competitiveness, driving decision making and the delivery of some excellent presentations. By the end of the event, they genuinely connected what they were learning in the classroom with the real world application and what's more, both the pupils and mentors had fun while doing it.

"Tomorrow's Chevron employees are today's schoolchildren and through our social investment programme we aim to encourage and inspire the next generation of industry professionals."

For more information on Chevron's social investment programmes in the UK click here.