CSU Bakersfield to Host Chevron's 5th Annual Engineering Design Challenge

Local high school students and teachers will put their engineering design skills to the test at the annual Engineering Design Challenge on April 18th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hosted by CSU Bakersfield and sponsored by Chevron, ninth through eleventh graders enrolled in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Pathways to Engineering Program will respond to real-life scenarios and design products. Students will be coached by their engineering teachers and judged by local industry representatives. Teams will create sketches using Autodesk Inventor ®, a 3D software program, and present their own unique designs. Some of the students' designs produced through this national program have received pending patents. Winning teams will win iPads, gift cards, and may advance to the state design challenge in San Diego in May of this year.

Chevron's investment is part of its effort to invest in STEM education throughout the United States. In 2014, Chevron announced plans to invest $30 million to support initiatives to advance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through project-based learning. To learn more about Chevronís endeavors in education, visit: http://www.chevron.com/corporateresponsibility/community/education/. Additional information about the design challenge can be found at: http://www.pltwcalifornia.org/view-content/53/Design-Challenge.html. 

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