Community partners are invaluable when it comes to helping students see how things are done in the real world. BP America has been partnering with HISD’s Revere Middle School since 2013, when STEM magnet coordinator and robotics teacher Alyssa Cannon-Banks began searching for role models for her students. BP America was one of the first to respond and sent nearly 40 scientists, engineers, and accountants to judge the school’s science fair. Soon after, BP America organized frequent tours of their headquarters, which made lasting impressions on students, most of whom come from underprivileged families.
The story of their partnership and its effect on students is now being told nationwide in the Atlantic and the National Journal. Read those articles here: “A New Way of Approaching Science and Math” and “Meet three teachers who are redefining STEM education – and Changing Lives.”
Girls in particular are learning that STEM education is not just for boys. Last April, BP America sponsored “Girl Empowerment,” an all-day workshop at Hilton of the Americas.
In addition, BP America has supported Cannon-Banks’ summer STEM camp for the past two years, paying for supplies and transportation for 90 students to attend and take field trips to places like the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Downtown Aquarium.
“BP has a great relationship with Revere Middle School that stems from the phenomenal work of a very dedicated teacher — Alyssa Cannon-Banks,” said BP America Senior Director of Communications and External Affairs Kathleen Martinez. “HISD is making a huge impact on the lives of many students, thanks to the leadership and commitment of teachers like her.”