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Posted on November 30, 2011

Cal U has joined the Carnegie Science Center and Chevron Corp. as a founding partner in the Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development.

Launched Nov. 30, the “center without walls” is dedicated to improving education in the subject areas collectively known as STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“The Chevron Center … encompasses the Science Center’s existing STEM education programs and brings together teachers, students, parents, corporations, universities, foundations and legislators to collectively address STEM education challenges,” said Ann Metzger, the Henry Buhl Jr. co-director of Carnegie Science Center.

In a news release, Metzger called the STEM subjects “key to maintaining our global competitiveness and driving our future economic growth.”

The new center will manage many of the Carnegie Science Center’s current programs for preschool through high school students, including its Science on the Road outreach programs such as “Rockin’ Robots World Tour,” which is sponsored by Cal U.

“Cal U faculty members are excited about this partnership,” said Craig Butzine, vice president for Marketing and University Relations. “It aligns with the University’s special mission in science and technology, as well as our historic role in preparing high-quality teachers to work in our public schools.

“We believe it will create opportunities for synergy, both with the Science Center and with industry, that can benefit our Cal U students and K-12 students throughout the region.”

Cal U has partnered with the Carnegie Science Center in the past. In addition to sponsoring the “Rockin’ Robots World Tour” outreach program:

  • Students in the Earth Sciences Department created StormFest, a hands-on exploration of geoscience hosted by the Science Center.
  • The University provided educational programming in roboworld™, the Science Center’s permanent robotics exhibition that opened in June 2009.

Other founding partners in the Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development are Duquesne Light, Eaton Corp., LANXNESS Corp., NOVA Chemicals and the PPG Industries Foundation.

Read the news release from the Carnegie Science Center