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SAN RAMON, Calif.
Newly-formed ChevronTexaco Corp. launched a Family Science program, which is designed to address the lack of female and minority students in science-based careers. The goal of the program is to make science both fun and exciting to school children and their families.
The Family Science program is a two-day skill-building workshop that includes one component for teachers and another for students and parents. The first program was held over the weekend at the Mexican Heritage Museum in San Jose, Calif. A similar event will be held in Toluca, Mexico, Nov. 10.
"We need to develop scientists, engineers and chemists to shepherd global companies such as ChevronTexaco into the future," said Dave Reeves, president of North America Products Co., a division of ChevronTexaco. "The basic building blocks for our children's futures include science and math as their cornerstone. Children need to understand the concept of science to be able to understand the world."
Led by the Family Science Foundation, the seminar helped teachers focus on how to enhance their science teaching skills. They learned unique science experiments that are intended to pique the interest of children of any age. These experiments also are designed to be simple and easily duplicated using everyday items available at home.
Participating teachers and students are given a copy of the Family Science textbook, which contains hundreds of experiments and tasks for learning opportunities. Available in Spanish and English, the textbook teaches problem-solving skills, introduces the creative side of science, and supports and encourages children's involvement in the sciences.
Over the past year ChevronTexaco contributed more than $7 million in 2000 toward education programs.