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Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman
By: Susan Passmore
For the sixth consecutive year, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. sponsored the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) Trailblazer for all five Goose Creek CISD junior schools. More than 2,000 sixth graders visited the trailer to learn about space, energy, weather, biotechnology and aerodynamics in a fun and interactive environment outside of the classroom. The exhibit is part of the company’s community relations initiative in East Harris County to inspire junior school students to select careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“We’re happy to partner with Chevron Phillips again on this program. Our students really enjoy learning in the unique environment that the Trailblazer provides,” said Kevin Wrobleski, GCCISD science and health coordinator. “We also tap into our high school seniors who have an interest in pursuing teaching as a career to staff the exhibit and help the junior-school students through each lesson, It’s really a great experience for us across the district, and we appreciate Chevron Phillips for providing this opportunity for Goose Creek CISD students.”
Sam McWhorter, Trailblazer facilitator, travels throughout Texas two weeks each month to take the joy of learning about science to students.
“It’s like being a Science Santa Claus,” McWhorter said. “Over the past two years, I’ve enjoyed helping more than 25,000 students learn about science through activities in the Trailblazer trailer. TAME’s mission is to inspire and prepare these students for education and careers in science and technical fields.”
Headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, Chevron Phillips Chemical operates two petrochemical manufacturing facilities in East Harris County, located in Pasadena, Texas, and Baytown, Texas.
“The best part of the Trailblazer is it introduces 2,000 Baytown area students to the basics of engineering without them even realizing that they’re learning. The petrochemical industry is full of job opportunities that require the skill sets used in the Trailblazer. Chevron Phillips Chemical is proud to sponsor this exhibit each year for every Baytown area sixth grader,” said Heather Betancourth, community relations representative at Chevron Phillips Chemical.
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