CITGO STEM Workshop Winner – Illinois 2017

Hands-on Activities at Fueling Education Bootcamp

CITGO Fueling Education 2017 – Illinois Sweepstakes Winner

Steve Spangler’s STEM Team Visits Rickover Junior High

October 14, 2017

“Did I really win or is this a joke?” asked Laura Bebout from Rickover Junior High in Sauk Village, Illinois. As you can imagine, this special education teacher was a little unsure when she received the news from the CITGO Fueling Good program coordinator. Laura was one of 16,000 sweepstake entries for a chance to receive a full-day of professional development from Steve Spangler and his STEM workshop team. Plus, Laura received a $5,000 gift certificate for related school supplies. “Yes… you are the winner!”
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 $350,000 in much-needed classroom supplies with support from customers. This year alone, more than 100 teachers are being awarded vouchers for school supplies.
Anna Fratto, Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator from CITGO kicked-off the workshop with the mission behind the company’s efforts to promote STEM education. “We want to show students the potential and opportunities that exist in their backyard, and STEM plays a significant role in the success of these future career opportunities.”
The focus of the workshop was to explore best practices and innovative teaching strategies for engaging students in the scientific inquiry process and introducing them to future opportunities. If you’re not a teacher and you’ve never attended a professional development workshop, here’s a behind the scenes look. It’s not a sit-and-watch experience. These highly engaged teachers are eager to use these hands-on experiences to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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In addition to the three grand prize winner who receive this on-site training, 90 first prize sweepstakes winners received a virtual STEM workshop through Steve Spangler’s online video training portal.
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