Oakland A’s, Chevron to partner at game for youth science education tonight

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A’s to Host Chevron’s STEM Zone Experience

Admission is Free with a Game Ticket to Aug. 31 Game vs. Tampa Bay Rays

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland Athletics and Chevron will host the Chevron STEM Zone, an exhibit that explores scientific concepts behind the game of baseball, on Saturday, Aug. 31 at the O.co Coliseum. Admission to the STEM Zone, located behind Section 217 outside the Bar & Grille, is free to fans with a ticket to that night’s game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.

The STEM Zone – STEM is an abbreviation for science, technology, engineering and math – is a component of “Science of the Game,” a unique educational program initiated by Chevron and the A’s that deepens interest and understanding of science among Bay Area youth through baseball. Through interactive experiences, students learn how the game of baseball works and the fundamental roles that gravity, acceleration and reaction time play. To see examples of these educational experiences, please visithttp://www.chevron.com/countries/usa/chevronincalifornia/newsletter/volume9/stemZone/.


“Chevron believes that STEM education and an understanding of how the world works is critical to helping students succeed and prepare for the increasing number of technical jobs in the modern economy and particularly here in the Bay Area,” said Russ Yarrow, manager of partnerships and events at Chevron. “By partnering with the Oakland A’s to develop Science of the Game, we can help bring science to life and show kids its application in the real world.”


Chevron began the concept of STEM Zones with its “Science of Golf” exhibits at Professional Golf Association tournaments. Applying similar lessons to baseball, Chevron and the A’s are collaborating with local schools to use innovative lessons to teach science and math topics – such as aerodynamics, energy transference and acceleration.


In addition to the STEM Zone, the Science of the Game program includes other efforts to reinvigorate STEM education in the Bay Area. On May 17, Oakland A’s infielder Eric Sogard and team mascot Stomper visited Stege Elementary School in Richmond to distribute Science of the Game workbooks and work through science problems with students. The A’s have distributed more than 15,000 Science of the Game workbooks to Bay Area schools that utilize science formulas to answer questions related to various aspects of baseball. The three workbooks, targeting grades 1-2, 3-5, and 6-8, are also available at www.oaklandathletics.com/science. Students who complete their workbooks and submit their answer sheets to the A’s, receive two ticket vouchers to select A’s home games.

“It’s great being around the kids and seeing the smiles on their faces,” Sogard said after his visit to Stege Elementary. “It’s great to be able to share with them. I hope the [Science of the Game] will help them now or in the future.”

In addition to Sogard’s visit to the elementary school in Richmond, students from West Contra Costa County public schools including Chavez Elementary School, Helms Middle School, Kennedy High School, Lincoln Elementary School, Making Waves Academy, Peres Elementary School and Richmond High School have been selected to attend the Aug. 31 game and experience the STEM Zone.

“Educating all youth is vital to creating a future generation of critical thinkers ready to succeed in college and career, and become leaders and innovators,” said Jennifer B. Lyle, chief of operations, Building Block for Kids Collaborative. “Opportunities like the STEM Zone experience are innovative ways to engage our Richmond youth and stimulate learning.”

Chevron is partnering with the A’s to engage kids in science education in the Bay Area as part of its California Partnership, an initiative to invest in economic development and education in its home state. Since 2009, Chevron has invested over $15 million to support STEM education programs that have reached more than 500,000 students and 6,700 teachers in California. As global energy demand increases, so too does the need to hire a technical workforce, elevating the importance of science, technology, engineering and math.

“Science of the Game,” “Mathletics” and “Home Run Readers” programs put into action the Oakland A’s commitment to supporting education in the Bay Area. The A’s organization, in conjunction with the A’s Community Fund, strives to make a positive impact in the Bay Area and Northern California. A’s players, coaches and front office employees, together with fans and sponsors, are committed to meeting the social, cultural and educational demands in the community.

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Eight local girls get scholarships for math/science camp at Sonoma State


Scholarship also featured in Chris Treadway’s CCTimes piece


West Contra Costa Branch

American Association of University Women,

Advancing equality for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

Press release: TECH TREK


Eight 7th-grade girls from West Contra Costa Unified School District are awarded scholarships to attend week long Math Science camp at Sonoma  State Collegestarting on June 23rd, 2013

For 12 years, the “TECH TREK” program has been sponsored by West Contra Costa Branch of  The American Association of University Women (AAUW).

AAUW California hosts similar events at eight other universities throughout the State

AAUW raises $850 dollars per girl annually from its Membership, including Bio-Rad, Mechanics  Bank, The ED  Fund, The American Chemical Society, California Section, and other contributors.

The nominations came from 7th Grade Math/ Science teachers.

 This years group is from  Hercules, Crespi, Portola, De Jean and Stewart Middle Schools .

On June 8th, a reception will be held at The El Cerrito Denny’s at 2 pm for the girls and their families  to meet  each other and to  ask questions.

Another AAUW project awards an annual scholarship of $1500 dollars to a young woman from Contra Costs College who is going on to a 4 year program in the sciences. She is selected by Dr. Seti Sidharta of The Center for Science Excellence at Contra Costa College.

For Further Information Contact:

Jacqueline Title AAUW  Membership (510) 234-9370  jtitle@mac.com  or

Roberta Montgomery AAUW Treasurer

(510) 237-5293



invites you to the
2013 Tech Trek Reception
What:  A Celebration/Orientation for the WCC Branch Tech Trek Science and Math Camp 2013 Scholarship Recipients
Date:  Saturday, June 8, 2013
Time:  2:00 to 4:00 o’clock
Where: El Cerrito Denny’s
11344 San Pablo Ave.
(San Pablo Ave at Potrero Ave)

Chevron-DonorsChoose.org program announces nearly $1 million in school funds

For Immediate Release


Fuel Your School Program Benefits 111,925 Students in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

Chevron-DonorsChoose.org program funded $958,739 for 960 classroom projects

based on 8+ gallon fuel purchases and online project postings


san ramon, Calif., Jan. 16, 2013 Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and DonorsChoose.org today announced that its 2012 Fuel Your School program funded $958,739, benefitting 960 local public school classroom projects and impacting 111,925 students in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Through Chevron’s 2012 Fuel Your School program, teachers at 344 public schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties received critical classroom resources. Linda Townsend Bryson, a first-grade teacher at Peres Elementary School in Richmond, received hands-on science materials, including a Big Screen Microscope and slides, as well as books on forces and motion, to help increase her students’ scientific awareness.

“Despite coming from economically challenging environments, my students can shine when given the right opportunities,” Townsend Bryson said. “With the tools received through Fuel Your School, my students have better and more exciting opportunities to learn about the world around them.”

Through the Fuel Your School program, Chevron contributed $1 for purchases of eight or more gallons, up to $1 million, from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, adding up to a total contribution of $958,739 to benefit public school classroom projects posted on DonorsChoose.org.

“We’re proud to give back to our local communities through working with specialized and innovative nonprofits, such as DonorsChoose.org,” said Andrea Bailey, community engagement manager at Chevron. “The Fuel Your School program exemplifies Chevron’s commitment to supporting teachers, students and schools by helping them receive the resources and tools they need in their classrooms.”

The purpose of the Fuel Your School program is to help support and improve critical education programming and resources, particularly in the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math – to help prepare students for the growing number of technical jobs in the modern economy, including possible engineering positions at Chevron.

“Teachers spend on average more than $350 of their own money every year on materials for their students,” said Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “This incredible demand explains why the Fuel Your School program with Chevron has grown to impact nearly 112,000 students this year in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.”

In 2012, the Fuel Your School program expanded from two markets, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, and Salt Lake and Davis counties, Utah, to seven additional markets, including Sacramento County, Kern County and Orange County in Calif.; Multnomah County, Ore.; Harris County, Texas; St. Tammany, Orleans and Plaquemines parishes, La.; and Jackson County, Miss. A total of $4.49 million was generated at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in October 2012, benefitting 5,673 classroom projects at 1,733 K-12 public schools in the nine U.S. markets. Since its inception in 2010, Fuel Your School has benefitted a total of 8,915 classroom projects.

An infographic showing the impact of the 2012 Fuel Your School program and top most requested STEM resources for classrooms is available at http://www.fuelyourschool.com. Portions of projects were funded by other third-party donations.

About Chevron

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

About DonorsChoose.org

                Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post requests, and individuals can give directly to the ones that inspire them. To date, 250,000 public and charter school teachers have used DonorsChoose.org to secure $165 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn.


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Contact: Brent Tippen, Chevron Corporation



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Chevron Spokesman

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