ExxonMobil currently provides support to the Alaska Native Science and Education and Engineering Program, Alaska Council on Economic Education, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage School District, Fund the Future, Harold Kaveolook School, Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation, Junior Achievement, Koniag Education Foundation, Literacy Council of Alaska, North Slope School District – Inupiaq Education Department, the Pick-Click-Give Program, and through our Science Ambassadors initiative.
In 2015, Exxon Mobil Corporation made a three-year commitment totaling $600,000 to support an expansion of the Alaska Native Science and Education and Engineering Program (ANSEP) pre-college academies. The academies immerse students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning experiences early in their educational careers with the goal of preparing students socially and academically for success at the university.
"ExxonMobil is committed to strengthening education, and ANSEP is one of the best ways to do that in Alaska," stated Karen Hagedorn ExxonMobil Alaska production manager. "Together, we can help foster brilliant STEM careers that will have lasting benefits for the state."
ExxonMobil will contribute $200,000 per year over the next three years to the program. Earlier this year, the company also made a $200,000 contribution pledge to ANSEP for the same pre-college programs.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
The goal of the Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day event, sponsored by School Business Partner ExxonMobil, was to introduce girls to engineering at a young age before they begin to think about the classes they want to take in high school and to experience how fun engineering can be. At the event, girls from all of the middle schools in the Anchorage School District and some home school students were mixed into teams. The girls discovered, through hands-on projects, that engineering is creative problem solving. They explored eight stations set up with different types of engineering disciplines such as mechanical, petroleum, civil, electrical, computer science, loss prevention, geological/reservoir, materials, and chemical.
Following the stations, participants had an opportunity to listen to a panel of female engineers and ask questions such as “What do you like most about your career?” After enjoying a lunch provided by ExxonMobil, the girls set to work on a final project.
Jenna Desmarais, a 25-year-old mechanical engineer and the Materials Management Advisor for the Point Thomson project said, “My favorite part of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day was that students were sorted into teams with girls they didn’t know and then had to work together to successfully complete the challenges.” Asked why she volunteered at the event, she responded, “I didn’t have women role models in engineering when I was in school. I may have thought about going into engineering earlier if I did. I want to be a role model to help girls understand that they too can be engineers.”
ExxonMobil won the Superintendent Award at the School Business Partnership’s Spirit of Tomorrow Awards luncheon this year. Their commitment to education is noteworthy and with their assistance we may see a surge of confident and capable young women engineers in the near future!
You can learn a lot from a bunch of dogs! Bring Iditarod into the classroom.
Teachers know that when kids are excited about a subject, learning comes easily. That’s the great opportunity provided by the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Adventure, competition and the universal bond between children and dogs combine to create the perfect chemistry to make learning fun.
The Iditarod Education Program helps teachers use hands-on activities to spark imaginations and get students enthusiastic about applying the fundamentals of math and science.
Easy-to-follow lesson plans are available at www.Iditarod.com/teachers to bring one of the world’s most exciting – and challenging – sporting events into the classroom.