To demonstrate the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to a young person’s education and potential career path, Chevron and the United States Golf Association (USGA) announced a new partnership (today) designed to encourage students in the STEM disciplines through golf.
“By partnering with the United States Golf Association, we hope to make STEM more engaging and fun,” said Linda Padon, general manager of Corporate Public Policy. “Making STEM more appealing to students now will help us meet the increasing demand for the STEM jobs of the future.”
The new partnership includes promotion of our STEM Zone, which highlights the science of golf. Above, a student learns about slope and acceleration, both key elements of putting.
As part of the new, multi-year agreement, we will become an official partner of the USGA. Together, our organizations will create content and unique experiences that showcase the science behind many of the USGA’s core functions, including course set-up, equipment testing and soil management/plant sciences research. The partnership will also promote STEM, while introducing young people to many of the fundamental elements of golf.
Ride Into the STEM ZONE
Our STEM Zone™ exhibit, one of first showcases of the new partnership, will be featured at this week’s U.S. Open Championship at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. This unique, student-friendly experience highlights the science of golf through a variety of learning stations, including one where students gain hands-on experience on aerodynamics, slope and acceleration to understand how velocity and lift affect a golf ball. The exhibit will also show students how to measure speed on the putting green through the use of a Stimpmeter.
The STEM Zone exhibit also will contain a mock television studio so students can get a first-hand understanding about broadcast and media technology used to produce a golf broadcast.
Eagles for Education
Additionally, the new partnership will include support for our EAGLES FOR EDUCATION® program through the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open. Through this charitable initiative, our company and the USGA will contribute $10,000 for every eagle scored during the three USGA championships to help fund golf-related educational programs, with a total annual minimum commitment of $500,000.
The need to invest in STEM education is growing across the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 15 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations in 2014 will require science or math knowledge. Chevron’s support of education, especially in the critically important areas of science and math, are industry-leading and will be expanded through our partnership with the USGA. In the United States, our company has invested nearly $100 million in education over the past three years alone.