Statoil deserves a tip of the hat for its generosity to Tyler Consolidated High School.
The Statoil Community Fund was created to direct philanthropic resources to be utilized by the communities where the company conducts business. For example, the program awarded $1,000 grants to K-12 teachers in Tyler and Wetzel counties to encourage STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Knowledge of these subjects is crucial to students as they learn critical thinking skills necessary to transform the future of West Virginia. Once upon a time, the Mountain State bore witness to advancements needed to carve tunnels through mountains to lay railroads, to mine coal deep in the ground, and to develop a chemical industry that continues to thrive. Today's emerging innovations allow drilling through the Marcellus shale for natural gas that was once thought unattainable.
Statoil's generous grant allows TCHS chemistry and physics teacher Jacob Myer to design a project that enables his students to learn about electrical components. "The best part is that at the end of the project, they will have gained experience in circuit design, and will have created something tangible that can be used for years to come," Myer said.
Many local teachers and students will be affected by Statoil's generosity. TCHS biology teacher Joe Griffith stated, "I am very appreciative of Statoil for their support of science students in our area."
Statoil's commitment to the community will echo a long time by the knowledge these students have gained through this experience.