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STEM can be fun too!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County interns explore STEM careers through fun, interactive activities

Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County student interns took a break from a busy summer of internships to visit Aera, learn about career opportunities in STEM fields, and how the energy industry is evolving to help California meet its climate goals.

Bakersfield High junior Robert Branton learns about geology at a recent BGCKC intern visit to Aera.

They got their hands on fun and interactive STEM activities as part of the club’s Summer Jobs CareerLaunch Program. CareerLaunch helps students ages 13 to 18 assess their skills and interests, explore careers, make sound educational decisions and prepare to join the workforce.

“They teach you everything about getting a job from prepping your resume, all the way to the final handshake when you leave the interview,” said 16-year-old Robert Branton, a Bakersfield High School junior who spent the summer interning at a local real estate and property management company.

Branton said his visit to Aera was more fun and engaging than he thought it would be and was surprised to learn how much planning and strategizing goes into the process of drilling for oil.

“The most interesting part for me was learning about employee career paths and what they did to end up at Aera,” Branton said. “It showed me that you can have the same dream as someone, but you won’t necessarily get there in the same way.”

CareerLaunch adds art studies to represent the added “A” in STEAM – encouraging students explore data visualization or fine art imagery to deepen one’s understanding of science, math and technology.

Student interns from BGCKC play with a soccer ball as part of an “Oil in Every Day” life exhibit at Aera.

“Our visit to Aera gave students an opportunity to experience STEAM through various hands-on activities,” said Ruth Miranda, senior program director at the BGCKC. “Interns had the opportunity to meet and speak with Aera employees and learn about multiple STEAM-based careers. During the panel interview our interns were able to relate with the presenters, this resulted in the interns looking-up to them as role models who are making a difference in our community.”

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