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November 5th, 2016

Jupiter Elementary Wins CITGO Fueling Education Visit from Steve Spangler

John Chybion from Jupiter Elementary in Palm Bay, Florida was surprised when he received the news from the CITGO Fueling Education program coordinator. Jupiter was one of three winning entries from over 70,000 submissions for a chance to receive a full-day of hands-on science professional development from Steve Spangler… and a $5,000 gift certificate for related school supplies.

CITGO created the Fueling Education program in 2012 to help foster educational opportunities in classrooms across the nation. Since then, CITGO has donated more than $250,000 in much-needed classroom supplies with support from customers. This year alone, more than 400 teachers are being awarded vouchers for school supplies.

Steve Spangler and his science workshop team visited Jupiter Elementary on November 5, 2016, armed with science lessons and STEM activities for teachers K-8 to experience first hand… and they did!

“Our teachers got so much out of attending Steve Spangler’s workshop,” said Ed Short, Brevard Public Schools Science Resource Teacher. “Their excitement and learning will make a HUGE difference in Brevard’s science classrooms.”

Teachers participated in over a dozen inquiry-based lessons that focused on strategies for integrating science into all parts of the elementary curriculum. “It’s exciting to see teachers who are eager to go back to the classroom with a renewed sense of purpose as they work to nurture and grow this next generation of scientists and engineers,” said Spangler.

“Thank you CITGO! Saturday’s workshop with Steve Spangler was absolutely AMAZING,” said Teri Macgowan, science lab teacher at Jupiter Elementary. “Steve has the unique ability to use science principles to build connections in both the heart and the mind.”

Jupiter Teachers with Steve Spangler and Team

Our thanks to the district administrators, support staff and teachers who joined Steve Spangler and the CITGO team for a day filled with wonder, discovery and exploration.

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