STRATCO(R) Launches Worldwide Educational Initiative To Define the Oil Industry's Impact on Everyday Life

People + Energy = Power



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from STRATCO, Inc.

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 30 /PRNewswire/ --  People + Energy = Power.
 That's how STRATCO's(R) PEPKITS(TM) Program got its name.
     The inspiration behind this ambitious and exciting worldwide educational
 initiative?  Diane Graham, CEO of STRATCO, a global leader in equipment
 design and chemical process technology, alkylation (high-octane gasoline),
 lubricating greases, rubberized modified asphalt, and biodeisel technology.
 The PEPKITS Energy Education Program is an interdisciplinary curriculum
 created for students in grades five through eight.
     The curriculum, which adheres to the National Science Education Standards,
 represents STRATCO's commitment to conserve, preserve and protect the world's
 energy resources and will be in classrooms January of 2002.
     Graham is a savvy businesswoman and an advocate for a better understanding
 of the critical role that the products produced through the refinement of
 crude oil play in the daily lives of citizens of the world.  She's an avid
 golfer and the mother of four.
     She has addressed her fellow "oilmen" at international conferences and
 testified at Congressional hearings.  In meetings with national leaders Graham
 has pitched the merits of STRATCO's CRM high-performance, cost effective
 paving material and the advantages of high-octane gasoline (alkylation).  And
 just last month Diane Graham met with President and Laura Bush in Washington.
 A topic of high priority and mutual interest:  Education.
     "STRATCO's PEPKITS concept describes, in living color, how our world would
 come to a halt without the oil industry," said Graham, whose company's
 technology is licensed in more than 50 countries.
     STRATCO, headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a strong supporter of
 the need for the Petrochemical industry to better define the role it plays in
 everyday life.  In Graham's words:  "The future of our world depends on the
 responsible use of our natural resources -- especially a non-renewable
 resource like petroleum."  She added, "We need to reach our kids with these
 messages because they are the future leaders who will write the history of the
 21st century."   She envisions that, in years to come, children will influence
 both the awareness and actions of older generations in the conservation of
 world energy.
     The PEPKITS Program reflects STRATCO's commitment to the communities it
 serves.  Graham said, "We've been challenged to develop an industry-defining
 program through which corporations and individuals can deliver a significant
 and tangible educational opportunity."  Powerful, community-driven sponsorship
 opportunities are available for schools, camps and other organizations that
 work with children.
     The PEPKITS Program curriculum, which integrates concepts and skills
 across math, science, technology and social studies, includes a teachers' kit
 and a student kit.  Contents of the teachers' kit include:  a colorful world
 map with locations of oil refineries, a flowchart to track the processes by
 which crude oil becomes everyday products, product flash cards to illustrate
 scientific concepts with brief lessons and independent study projects as well
 as reading lists, worksheets, vocabulary words and a teacher resource guide --
 all housed in a nifty replica oil drum container.
     The student kit is a backpack filled with useful products -- like pencils,
 toothpaste, chapstick, erasers, calculators, glue, crayons, sports bottles,
 rulers and stickers -- that are derived from crude oil and messages that
 correlate with the teachers kit and curriculum.
     "STRATCO's PEPKITS Program fosters understanding and encourages students
 to aspire to non-traditional careers and become the scientists, engineers and
 chemists of tomorrow," explained Graham.  She added:  "America's oil industry
 engineers and chemists are unsung heroes.  Our industry retrieves, refines and
 delivers oil to market for less than the cost of bottled water.  And we rely
 on millions of products created from petrochemicals -- from contact lenses and
 pacemakers to tires, synthetic fibers, machine gear lubricants, crayons and
 bubble gum -- each day."
     Graham believes that the PEPKITS Education Program represents the very
 best in learning tools and credits Phoenix-area consultants Partners in
 Brainstorms and Ditko Design for "putting an interesting, factual and fun face
 on an industry that can be complex and confusing."
     For more information on how the PEPKITS Program can become a part of your
 community's educational program through tax-deductible donations and
 sponsorship contact Karen Dimitro at 480-991-0450.
 
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SOURCE STRATCO, Inc.
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 30 /PRNewswire/ --  People + Energy = Power.
 That's how STRATCO's(R) PEPKITS(TM) Program got its name.
     The inspiration behind this ambitious and exciting worldwide educational
 initiative?  Diane Graham, CEO of STRATCO, a global leader in equipment
 design and chemical process technology, alkylation (high-octane gasoline),
 lubricating greases, rubberized modified asphalt, and biodeisel technology.
 The PEPKITS Energy Education Program is an interdisciplinary curriculum
 created for students in grades five through eight.
     The curriculum, which adheres to the National Science Education Standards,
 represents STRATCO's commitment to conserve, preserve and protect the world's
 energy resources and will be in classrooms January of 2002.
     Graham is a savvy businesswoman and an advocate for a better understanding
 of the critical role that the products produced through the refinement of
 crude oil play in the daily lives of citizens of the world.  She's an avid
 golfer and the mother of four.
     She has addressed her fellow "oilmen" at international conferences and
 testified at Congressional hearings.  In meetings with national leaders Graham
 has pitched the merits of STRATCO's CRM high-performance, cost effective
 paving material and the advantages of high-octane gasoline (alkylation).  And
 just last month Diane Graham met with President and Laura Bush in Washington.
 A topic of high priority and mutual interest:  Education.
     "STRATCO's PEPKITS concept describes, in living color, how our world would
 come to a halt without the oil industry," said Graham, whose company's
 technology is licensed in more than 50 countries.
     STRATCO, headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a strong supporter of
 the need for the Petrochemical industry to better define the role it plays in
 everyday life.  In Graham's words:  "The future of our world depends on the
 responsible use of our natural resources -- especially a non-renewable
 resource like petroleum."  She added, "We need to reach our kids with these
 messages because they are the future leaders who will write the history of the
 21st century."   She envisions that, in years to come, children will influence
 both the awareness and actions of older generations in the conservation of
 world energy.
     The PEPKITS Program reflects STRATCO's commitment to the communities it
 serves.  Graham said, "We've been challenged to develop an industry-defining
 program through which corporations and individuals can deliver a significant
 and tangible educational opportunity."  Powerful, community-driven sponsorship
 opportunities are available for schools, camps and other organizations that
 work with children.
     The PEPKITS Program curriculum, which integrates concepts and skills
 across math, science, technology and social studies, includes a teachers' kit
 and a student kit.  Contents of the teachers' kit include:  a colorful world
 map with locations of oil refineries, a flowchart to track the processes by
 which crude oil becomes everyday products, product flash cards to illustrate
 scientific concepts with brief lessons and independent study projects as well
 as reading lists, worksheets, vocabulary words and a teacher resource guide --
 all housed in a nifty replica oil drum container.
     The student kit is a backpack filled with useful products -- like pencils,
 toothpaste, chapstick, erasers, calculators, glue, crayons, sports bottles,
 rulers and stickers -- that are derived from crude oil and messages that
 correlate with the teachers kit and curriculum.
     "STRATCO's PEPKITS Program fosters understanding and encourages students
 to aspire to non-traditional careers and become the scientists, engineers and
 chemists of tomorrow," explained Graham.  She added:  "America's oil industry
 engineers and chemists are unsung heroes.  Our industry retrieves, refines and
 delivers oil to market for less than the cost of bottled water.  And we rely
 on millions of products created from petrochemicals -- from contact lenses and
 pacemakers to tires, synthetic fibers, machine gear lubricants, crayons and
 bubble gum -- each day."
     Graham believes that the PEPKITS Education Program represents the very
 best in learning tools and credits Phoenix-area consultants Partners in
 Brainstorms and Ditko Design for "putting an interesting, factual and fun face
 on an industry that can be complex and confusing."
     For more information on how the PEPKITS Program can become a part of your
 community's educational program through tax-deductible donations and
 sponsorship contact Karen Dimitro at 480-991-0450.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X14216452
 
 SOURCE  STRATCO, Inc.