Apr 20, 2016
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About 100 youth from Richmond received a lesson in the science of soccer at Kennedy High Tuesday night.

Six engineers from Chevron Richmond who also love soccer practiced with members of the Richmond United Soccer Club as part of a collaboration that will send the local youth to a San Jose Earthquakes game on May 11. The engineers plan to practice with the San Pablo United Youth Soccer Club next week as part of the program.

The partnership between Chevron and Telemundo aims to inspire local youth to view soccer from a scientific angle. The lessons will hopefully inspire some of the young players to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and careers, which offer the jobs of the future, Chevron spokesperson Leah Casey said.

On Tuesday night, the Chevron engineers, many of whom have been playing soccer since they were young, taught Newton’s Laws of Motion, along with the scientific concepts behind gravity, mass and what happens when you kick a ball when it’s wet or dry or when it is still or in motion.

Kids were divided into groups by age and kicked the ball around with the engineers as they received science lessons.

These lessons will be reinforced during their upcoming practices, as well as during their trip to watch the San Jose Earthquakes play on May 11 in honor of Mexican Heritage Month. The engineers who practiced Tuesday will join youth on the trip. Chevron is transporting the youth by bus to the game. They will get to go on the field, high-five players as they exit the tunnel, and will also be fed for free.

“We wanted to do more than just say, ‘Here’s the ticket,’ Casey said. “We really want to engage the kids to think about science, technology, engineering and math. We want to have the opportunity to inspire them, and the engineers did a a great job of that last night.”



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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.