BCSD Middle School Students Visit Kern River Oilfield

November 7, 2019 - Twenty students from Cato Middle School and Emerson Middle School joined other students from the Bakersfield area for a visit of the Chevron Kern River Oilfield for an interactive exploration day with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Students went on a field tour, participated in several STEM-based education activities, and heard from energy professionals about the various career opportunities in the fields of information technology, earth science, engineering, health and safety and several others.

Kathleen Lee, Data Analyst at Chevron, said, “We want to show the kids what can happen when you have a STEM strong education.  We have various booths that the students can walk through and get hands on information about the careers we have here.”

Caelyn Armijo, 8th grader from Cato Middle School, said, “I think learning about STEM now will help me when I get older.  I really like math and science, so I will really think about STEM as a job option.”

In total, there were 68 students from seven schools that attended.  All students that participated in the event were enrolled in Project Lead The Way, a unique engineering program for middle schoolers.  This program provides a rigorous, project-based STEM curriculum to thousands of students through Kern County, including hundreds of student in the Bakersfield City School District.