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Chevron Grants STEM Funding to Schools

Jul 15, 2016 04:20PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Chevron is giving a boost to STEM education in Manhattan Beach schools with new grants for science, technology, engineering, and math totaling $295,000.

The grants given to Manhattan Beach are just a portion of the $1.4 million in “Energy for Learning” STEM grants that Chevron has directed toward 24 school districts and other non-profit organizations in the South Bay.

“We are extremely proud to support STEM funding and help teachers and schools gain additional resources through these grants,” said El Segundo Refinery General Manager Henry Kusch at a formal presentation in El Segundo on Thursday. “Many generations of Chevron employees and their families in the local community have seen firsthand the quality education programs our schools provide.”

For Manhattan Beach, $70,000 is going to the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF) (for Manhattan Beach schools) and $225,000 is going to the Manhattan Beach Unified School District for a total of $290,000.

The funds will be used to further infuse K-12 classrooms with inquiry based mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards though UCLA Center X Math support, Project Lead the Way, and robotics at Mira Costa High School and elementary schools.

“STEM is everywhere you look,” said MBUSD Superintendent Mike Matthews. “It is critically important for this millennial generation to be both tech-savvy and STEM ready, and Chevron’s partnership continues to help better prepare our students in this regard.”

Chevron called the grants a reflection of its El Segundo refinery’s ongoing support for education programs in the South Bay, and a recognition of the facility’s 105-year history in El Segundo.

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