Mobil fund fuels bright bots and fosters future skills in local schools

Mobil Refining Manager Riccardo Cavallo at Bayside College;Williamstown Campus Principal Nolene Symons at Bayside College;Emma McLean Kindergarten Teacher Stephanie Bourke

Mobil is helping to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists by investing more than $95,000 into science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs and resources at local schools and kindergartens in Hobsons Bay.

The 2018 Bright Future Grants program sees 31 schools and kindergartens near the Mobil Altona Refinery and the Mobil Yarraville Terminal receive grants of up to $4,000 for resources such as new technology, educational games, 3D models and science equipment.

Mobil Altona Refinery Manager Riccardo Cavallo said he hopes schools – with the assistance of Mobil’s Bright Future Grants program – continue to inspire local students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Emma McLean’s Stephanie Bourke, Hobsons Bay Mayor Angela Altair, Mobil’s Riccardo Cavallo and Bayside’s Nolene Symons.

“From medicine to energy development to computing and engineering, scientists and engineers are essential to modern life; that’s why we invest in education programs that encourage critical thinking,” he said.

“Through these grants, we hope that young people can discover first-hand the possibilities of science, foster new ideas and one day become part of a highly skilled workforce of the future.”

Since the Bright Future Grants program began in 2009, Mobil has provided almost $900,000 in support of maths and science education while Mobil’s Ambassadors program sees engineers visit local schools to share their experiences working at the refinery.

Spotswood Primary School students with Principal Jackie Green and Mobil Refining Manager Riccardo Cavallo
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