Port Arthur Industry Group brings “science-museum-on-wheels”’ to 10 local schools

Port Arthur Industry Group brings “science-museum-on-wheels”’ to 10 local schools

According to a press release, through the generous support of the Port Arthur Industrial Group (PAIG), the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) showcased the TAME Trailblazer to more than 2,000 students at Port Arthur ISD schools from September 14 to 25, 2015.

The TAME Trailblazer offers a unique perspective on learning by bringing students and teachers out of the classroom and into a “science-museum–on-wheels.” This 40-foot trailer containing hands-on exhibits is designed to help students learn interactively about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Volunteers from PAIG companies facilitate the exhibits and relay how the STEM subjects can lead to careers focusing on energy, space, weather, biotechnology and aerodynamics.

“As an industry with growing workforce needs, we seek opportunities to promote STEM concepts and careers to students in fun and engaging ways,” said Greg Gentry, Chairman of PAIG and Vice President and General Manager of Valero Port Arthur Refinery. “We recognize it’s essential to create enthusiasm early, which is why industry joins together to reach far more students than we could individually.”

Southeast Texas is home to one of the country’s largest oil and gas workforces where most jobs involve science, technology, engineering, and math subjects. TAME provides programs like the Trailblazer to inspire youth in the 3rd through 8th grades to pursue STEM careers, with a focus on underrepresented minority and female students.

“The Port Arthur Independent School District is thrilled to have the TAME Trailblazer visit our schools. This experience opens up a new world of opportunities for our students in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Dr. Mark Porterie, Superintendent of Port Arthur Independent School District. “PAISD is grateful to TAME and the Port Arthur Industrial Group for sponsoring this event for our young people.”