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Geothermal concepts integrated in school curriculum in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY, July 29 – In support of its efforts to expand the use and development of renewable energy resources in the Philippines, Chevron Geothermal Philippines Holdings, Inc. (CGPHI) has been promoting the stewardship of geothermal energy resources among the youth in public schools.

CGPHI hopes to accomplish this objective with the curriculum integration of geothermal energy concepts in public elementary and secondary schools in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) in Albay, Aquinas University of Legaspi and Aquinas University Foundation.

Initially launched in Cale Elementary School, Biyong Elementary School, and Naga National High School in Tiwi, Albay, the pilot Geothermal Education (GeoEd) project aims to educate and foster a deeper appreciation for clean energy sources among students.

The three-year GeoEd project applies the education concept of integrated curriculum webbing. Geothermal concepts like heat energy, steam production, geothermal process, health, safety, security, and environment have been integrated into basic education subjects like Math, Science, English, and Filipino.

Under the supervision of DepEd’s core curriculum writers, Aquinas University Education Department and CGPHI technical staff, GeoEd lesson exemplars were developed, critiqued and finalized in a series of workshops in May 2010.

Pre-testing began this June; thereafter the lesson exemplars will be evaluated and adjusted through a series of workshops by the third quarter of this year. Target date of roll-out in other schools in Tiwi town and the province is 2013.

Through the GeoEd curriculum, the project partners hope to instill energy efficiency and environmental consciousness among the Filipino youth.

Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide.

The company's success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of its employees and their application of the most innovative technologies in the world.

Chevron is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. The company explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. (PNA)

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