SOURCE: Bechtel


August 15, 2012 10:28 ET

Bechtel Teams With Ocean Exploration Trust to Advance STEM Education

Company Sponsors Teachers and Students Studying at Sea

RESTON, VA--(Marketwire - Aug 15, 2012) - Bechtel announced today the company is sponsoring nine teachers and five students participating in a pair of 2012 Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) programs that promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to a global audience. Both the Educator-at-Sea Program and the Honors Research Program combine classroom learning with ocean exploration and provide students with an exciting opportunity to learn more about careers that incorporate STEM.

"The mission of the Trust is to inspire the next generation of explorers," said Dr. Robert Ballard, president of Ocean Exploration Trust. "Our partnership with Bechtel supports our mutual goal of strengthening the STEM pipeline through educational and research programs."

This year teachers and students in the programs attend the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography for several weeks where they work with scientists and engineers to learn about oceanography and the scientific research process. After completing an onshore research project, they board the exploration vessel E/V Nautilus to study the geology, biology, archeology, and chemistry of the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. Bechtel engineer Zenhar Marolia will participate in a portion of the at-sea expedition to share his experiences as a civil engineer with the teachers and students. 

Following the expedition, the teachers will develop lessons plans and classroom activities based on their first-hand experience at sea. Bechtel is sponsoring the following teachers and students in this year's programs:

Cory Culbertson, University High School, Normal, Illinois
Sam Garson, Mount Rainier High School, Des Moines, Washington
Susie Hill, Nauticus Museum, Norfolk, Virginia
Bonnie Keller, Lanier Middle School, Fairfax, Virginia
Eric Lewis, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco, California
Juan Pinto, Energized for STEM Academy Inc. Middle School, West Houston, Texas
Jason Pittman, Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School, Alexandria, Virginia
Noelle Turner, Bearden High School, Knoxville, Tennessee
Krystal Waltman, Southwest Schools , Houston, Texas

Julia Arthur, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Arlington, Virginia
Sean FitzHoward, Lowell High School, San Francisco, California
Ellexus Morgan, Southwest High School, Houston, Texas
Marisa Patrick, Mount Rainier High School, Des Moines, Washington
Diana Roman, Southwest High School, Houston, Texas

As a global leader in the engineering industry, Bechtel supports five leading nonprofit international organizations that foster STEM-related learning and improve the quality of life for people through the company's engineering and construction skills. In addition to Ocean Exploration Trust, the company supports with volunteers and grants, Engineers Week®, Engineers Without Borders, FIRST® Robotics, and Junior Achievement®.

About Ocean Exploration Trust:

The Ocean Exploration Trust is committed to exploring the world's oceans in search of both its natural and human history and was founded in 2007 by Dr. Robert Ballard, the oceanographer who discovered the Titanic's wreckage. The Trust brings together technical and scientific expertise and coordinates endeavors that consistently make cutting-edge discoveries. The Trust's mission is to inspire young people to pursue educational and research opportunities and foster support from general public to preserve the world's oceans.

About Bechtel:

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right -- no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation, communications, and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas, and chemicals; and government services.

Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 22,000 projects in 140 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 employees team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 50 countries. 

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