"We equip teachers with the resources necessary to bring enriching, interactive STEM coursework to their classrooms with support from CITGO," said Allison Fundis, vice president of education, outreach and communications for OET. "Through this program, educators inspire a sense of curiosity and discovery among their students by providing hands-on experience in deep-sea exploration."
"CITGO and OET have partnered closely to maximize the educational opportunities available to students not only in Houston, but throughout Texas, Illinois and Louisiana, as well. We believe that STEM, in particular, provides a strong foundation for future careers in high-demand professions, such as engineers, technicians, environmentalists and teachers," said CITGO President and CEO Nelson Martínez. "We hope that the Nautilus Exploration Program CITGO STEM Academy enables teachers' ability to bring real-world lessons about ocean exploration to their classrooms, so they can better provide their students with that foundation."
Since 2014, CITGO and OET have partnered to create STEM educational opportunities for teachers and students nationwide. This effort reflects a broader initiative by CITGO to promote academic exploration in the STEM fields. The CITGO-OET partnership also extends support for the Nautilus Ambassadors Program, which brings educators and students aboard E/V Nautilus to travel with and learn from deep-sea exploration experts. This summer, educators and OET experts will sail off the coast of British Columbia in Canada to Los Angeles on an expedition from May through September.
To follow E/V Nautilus and learn more about the Nautilus Exploration Program CITGO STEM Academy, please visit nautiluslive.org. For more information on CITGO and the company's community involvement, please visit http://www.citgo.com/SocialResponsibility/Community.jsp.
About Ocean Exploration Trust
The Ocean Exploration Trust was founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard. Our international program centers on scientific exploration of the seafloor launched from aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus, a 64-meter research vessel. In addition to conducting scientific exploration, the Nautilus Exploration Program offers telepresence to explorers on shore and the public via live video, audio and data feeds. The program also includes an education component that brings educators and students on oceanographic expeditions.
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.
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