chevron supports exciting new STEM programme
Primary School teachers from across Aberdeen City and Shire recently got to grips with "I'm an Engineer, I can help here!", an exciting new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programme which uses the topical context of flooding to teach primary pupils about the different disciplines of engineering and the careers they relate to.
The Chevron supported initiative and teacher training course was launched in November, at Tullos Primary School, and is being run by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s (SCDI) Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) programme, of which Chevron is a Principal Partner.
In attendance at the event were teachers from across the local area including Ashley Road, Dyce, Fernielea, Forehill, Middleton Park, Monymusk, New Deer, Newburgh Mathers, Portlethen, Riverbank, St Joseph’s, St Peter’s and Woodside primary schools.
a flood of new ideas
Set-up prior to using the "I'm an Engineer, I can help here!" school kits in the classroom, the teachers learned how to 'Be Aware, Be Prepared' and 'Know How to Act' in emergency flood situations. Activities included getting hands on with a range of practical activities, such as building rain gauges with alarms, pumps, pulley systems, emergency lights and bridges.
"Using the context of a flood is a great way to teach primary pupils about different types of engineering. Our "I'm an Engineer, I can help here!" resource is packed with fun, practical activities that show the vital contribution engineers make in emergency situations as well as in everyday life," said Jane Martin, programme director of YESC Scotland.
"Our hope is that this new initiative will help to inspire the next generation to pursue STEM-related careers," she added.
"The first step in encouraging young people to pursue careers in engineering is awareness, and this is a big focus for Chevron’s social investment programme," explains Laura Easton, Stakeholder Engagement and Social Investment advisor at Chevron Upstream Europe.
"Supporting initiatives like "I'm an Engineer, I can help here!" doesn't just help the communities in which we operate, it helps us too, as tomorrow's Chevron employees are today's schoolchildren. It is therefore important that we commit to engaging and inspiring them, and ensuring they have the necessary tools to equip them for future success."
YESC Scotland is a Scotland-wide primary and secondary school STEM education programme run by the SCDI with more than 1400 schools in its network, from Shetland to Dumfries, involving over 30,000 budding scientists and engineers.
More information on the programme can be found here.