Chevron Grant Funds Elementary PLTW Program

Chevron STEM Support Continues for Elementary Grades

Engineering program soon available in grades 3 – 5

El Segundo, CA – April 23, 2014 – Dove-tailing on the extraordinary success of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering Program available in grades 6 – 12 made possible through the generosity of Chevron, El Segundo’s elementary school students in grades 3 – 5 now will also have access to this prestigious engineering program – yet again through the financial support of Chevron.

Starting Fall of the 2014-15 school year, the $200,000 Chevron grant awarded to ESUSD at the Tuesday night Board meeting is earmarked to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) programs in grades 3 through 5 with an eye to providing younger students challenging hands-on activities designed to spark and enrich their innate scientific curiosity. Marisa Janicek, Director of Educational Services for ESUSD, is thrilled with the grant and the opportunities it will afford younger students. “Studies show students exposed to challenging scientific and mathematical concepts before the 4th grade maintain an increased interest and passion for STEM coursework, which ultimately ties into career choices later in life in the engineering, technology, science, and math fields. This Chevron grant will make it possible to replicate the very successful Project Lead the Way program currently available at the middle and high school, and articulate that program down to the elementary grades.”

Lily Craig, External Affairs Manager for Chevron, along with Frank Semancik, Chevron General Manager, was on hand to personally present the Board with Chevron’s generous donation. ESUSD Board President Laura Gabel was deeply thankful for the possibilities the grant provides ESUSD students. “We are so grateful to Chevron, an amazing school and community partner, for their continued generosity to our district. We are so lucky to have them in our community to fuel our schools in so many ways. It is not just their financial support, but also the people who work for this company who come and support our district at events, volunteer in our schools, and promote education that make this company so special. ESUSD would not have the programs and facilities we have in our community without their generosity. Chevron really is a company that uses ‘human energy’ to support ESUSD! We are not only just so appreciative of this $200,000 check, but appreciate even more Chevon’s willingness to see the value of public education every day.”

With this grant, ESUSD will be one of the very first school districts to implement the newly designed PLTW elementary school program.