Chevron will donate $80,000 to continue Math and Science Center energy summit

Children play in a giant kaleidoscope at the John McConnell Math and Science Center of Western Colorado, 2660 Unaweep Ave.

Chevron’s corporate headquarters will donate $80,000 today to the John McConnell Math and Science Center of Western Colorado’s Youth Policy Summit.

The money will be used for the program’s second year in 2012–13. The summit brings together students from local high schools to learn about and discuss energy issues. Students earn college credit for participating in the yearlong program, which meets weekly.

The grant, along with a check from Chevron’s Rocky Mountain Area, will help pay for instruction, materials, guest speakers, field trips and other experiences, and college credit for students and teachers next school year. A professional-development course will be a new addition to the program this fall.

Chevron donated $125,000 to the Math and Science Center in 2010 to create curriculum for the student summit and pay for expenses throughout the first year of the class.

Math and Science Center Executive Director Teresa Coons, who teaches the summit, said in a news release that the first year of the program was successful.

Chevron Rocky Mountain Area Manager Michael DeBerry said in the same news release that the company has donated to numerous programs that encourage learning about science, technology, engineering and math.

“This program is unique in its approach to learning and its collaboration between multiple institutions and resources,” DeBerry said.

“Our goal for the students is to spark a lifelong interest in science, expand their knowledge about energy production and help them develop the skills they’ll need to provide leadership and ideas in the future.”


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