For the second year in a row, Chevron has made Maker Faire Pittsburgh possible by providing critical underwriting and sponsorship. Here’s our interview with Lee Ann Wainwright, STEM Investment Team Lead from Western Pennsylvania, about why Chevron values Maker Faire Pittsburgh.
What made you choose to get involved with Maker Faire Pittsburgh?
Lee Ann: At Chevron, we have learned that few factors are more important to the success of our business – and to a country’s ability to compete in the global marketplace – than a robust supply of workers educated and or trained in science, technology, engineering and math.
Our involvement with Maker Faire goes directly to our belief that getting students involved in STEM early will stay with them all the way into high school and beyond. Our mission is to make a deep investment in the community of makers that are creating a revitalization of innovation in sectors that have been the backbone of Pittsburgh industry: manufacturing, engineering, industrial design, hardware technology, robotics, education and so much more.
But as we all know, becoming educated, or even interested in STEM curriculum or programs starts with exposure, and exposing students – young and old alike – as well as showcasing projects is what Maker Faire is all about. Maker Faire Pittsburgh, through the maker movement, is changing everything from the way people think about manufacturing and technology to education and cultural experiences. Our goal is to instill confidence and show people that it’s OK to get your hands dirty, solve problems, create solutions, test experiments, and learn new things but most importantly, our goal is to help expose the region to these opportunities.
As they say, the Maker Faire is the greatest show (and tell) on earth and Chevron is proud to support, for a second year, Maker Faire Pittsburgh.
What does the Pittsburgh region need to know about Chevron?
Lee Ann: Chevron is one of the world’s leading energy companies and is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry from crude oil and natural gas, fuels and lubricants, geothermal energy, biofuels, providing energy efficiency solutions, and the list goes on. BUT what some may not know is that Chevron has deep roots in the Pittsburgh region with its origins of Gulf Oil Company. In 1985 Gulf Oil Company merged with Standard Oil of California to form what we are now known as, Chevron. Thankfully the development of the Marcellus Shale provided an exciting reason for Chevron to return to the Pittsburgh region in 2011. Since returning, Chevron has invested over 7 million dollars in STEM education programs benefiting the tri-state area and look forward to many more years as a sponsor of the Maker Faire Pittsburgh!
What are you excited to see at this year’s Faire?
Lee Ann:This year it sounds like there will be more spectacle, which really is what makes Maker Faire stand out! The Power Racing series is something I am looking forward to and I know my kids, Finn and Lydia, will enjoy that and so will my husband. The drones promise to be a big attraction, too! But really, when I come to Maker Faire Pittsburgh, I get most excited and inspired by all of the innovation from our region. It’s amazing to see what students, professionals, and local entrepreneurs are doing and Maker Faire Pittsburgh is the perfect time and place. We, at Chevron, couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it!