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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Introducing Teens to Engineering 09-26

Introducing Teens to Engineering

Chevron partners with Project Lead the Way, an organization that provides project-based science, technology, engineering and math programs for middle and high school students in the United States.



Introducing Teens to Engineering

Transcript of the Video

Aurelio Garcia, Teacher, Richmond High School

My name is Aurelio Garcia. I’m a math teacher, and I also teach engineering design class. The engineering class is a class where students work on design, the principles of design, how to design things. It could be anything. This year we have a curriculum from Project Lead the Way.

Duane Crum, Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way is a nonprofit organization, and what we do is offer curriculum to schools. This curriculum is in the high 
tech, high-demand curriculum that’s relevant and real to these kids.

John Hodgson, Student, Richmond High School

It’s like hands-on projects. You get to build things – sketch things first, and then we get to get on the computers and draw them 
out.

Jessica Castro, Student Richmond High School

We’re working on a train, and we’re building the different parts of it. And we’re going to put it all together. And it feels like we’re 
real engineers.

About a year and a half ago, we first met with Chevron and explained to them what we wanted to do in the state of California. 

And it was just a perfect fit because Chevron had a need to work with schools around their facilities. Project Lead the Way offers 
the curriculum and offers the training. And Chevron comes in and says, “If you’ll put this in the school, we’re going to pay for the 
teacher training and buy the equipment.”

Mike Coyle, Chevron Richmond Refinery

The jobs in the future are going to have more and more technology – skill sets are going to be required, and it’s really important 
to set the kids of today up for future opportunities. And partnering with Project Lead the Way is one way we can do that and do 
that throughout the state of California. 

Duane Crum

This is a new engineering academy at Richmond High School. Before, this was just another classroom. Now we have teachers 
that have been specifically trained to teach these engineering courses, we have students that were talking about dropping out of 
school that are now re-energized and see themselves graduating and going on to engineering.

Aurelio Garcia

I think a lot of them are engaged. A lot of them want to come and do the work. They want to come and finish their projects or
start something new. They want to, you know, become engineers