Field trips are the best!
Most of the sponsors’ mentors are still working from home but PG&E training centers are in full swing, so we didn’t bat an eye when the company’s Instructional Designer, Shaheed Rasheen offered to have our high school students visit Livermore Training Center, 35-acre campus 45 miles east of San Francisco. This state-of-the-art facility is equipped to train employees to work on overhead and underground power distribution systems. A separate are focuses on electric substation operations and maintenance. University Programs manager Tom Manriquez brought four college level interns to meet our high school students, who heard all about the support they’ve received from PG&E in the form of scholarships and internships.
Capstone Resiliency Projects and NEED Hands-on STEM activities keep students engaged
Students enjoyed hands-on investigations using materials sent to them in advance. NEED Associate, Caryn Turrel, facilitated three exciting projects: Energy House explores ways to insulate a model house students build. In a second session students built and tested our Science of Electricity generator. A third project was the Greenhouse in a Bottle activity from our Climate Science selection of activities.
The “Resilience Hub Challenge” was our Fellowship program Capstone Project. Five teams of four students identified community populations as extraordinary risk of climate-related threats like wildfires, water shortages, and extreme heat events. Based on an actual PG&E competitive grant program, students worked with a hypothetical $100,000 budget to design and implement their proposals and then presented their slideshows and Public Service Announcement videos to a panel of three judges, including Chris Benjamin, PG&E Director of Sustainability.