Fifth grade students at College View Elementary School in Huntington Beach had an eventful morning last Tuesday, Oct. 14. Their teacher, Mrs. Keller, submitted a request for funding of materials needed for a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classroom project via DonorsChoose.org. The project, a lesson in building robotics, was funded by the Fuel Your School program, an innovative collaboration between Chevron and DonorsChoose.org that supports education for public schools based on the specific needs of each classroom.
Chevron representatives stopped by Mrs. Keller's class today to surprise the students, deliver the materials to build the robots and speak about the importance of STEM learning. In addition to the materials, Chevron brought some very special guests ÔÇô State Senator Lou Correa, L.A. Angels' Strike Force girls and Chevron's famous Tony Turbo car! After a warm welcome by Mrs. Keller, College View's Principal Kathy Smith and the students, and a brief introduction by Chevron, Senator Correa spoke to the children about STEM and its applications in everyday life.
Shortly after, L.A. Angels' Strike Force girls Alli Driver and Sarah Hidalgo brought in several boxes full of the materials for the robotics project, as well as several Angels goodies. The students sat in a circle with Mrs. Keller and Senator Correa to open the boxes and were delighted to learn about each of the pieces they would be using to build the robots. Mrs. Keller then showed a short video of the robot in motion, which increased the student's excitement about the project. Everyone was then asked to go outside to take photos. None of the students expected they would be taking photos with their final surprise ÔÇô Tony Turbo!
Chevron will contribute $1 to help fund eligible classroom projects when consumers purchase 8 or more gallons of fuel from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 at participating Chevron and Texaco stations, up to a total contribution of $1 million in Orange County alone.