Approximately 30 Townewest Elementary School students recently appeared on a live, remote broadcast with KHOU-Channel 11 chief meteorologist, Gene Norman, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Sugar Land. The students joined representatives from their school’s business partner, The Fluor Corporation, in visiting the museum to view the giant animated globe, Science on a Sphere, and the Dinosaur exhibit.
The students marveled at the sight of the Science on a Sphere globe as images changed from the surface of Mars to storm coverage of Hurricane Ike over the Texas Gulf Coast. Through advanced imaging techniques, Science on a Sphere can create the illusion of a planet, the sun, moon or any other celestial body rotating in space. The students also had the opportunity to tour the Dinosaur exhibit to learn about “Stan the T. Rex” and nine different dinosaur species.
During his news broadcast, Norman highlighted the partnership between Townewest Elementary School, The Fluor Corporation, and the Museum of Natural Science that was formed to help improve science learning among students.
“The Fluor Corporation is proud to partner with the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Sugar Land to help underwrite a teacher training program for Townewest Elementary School,” said Barbara Jones, Fluor Senior Manager, Community and Public Affairs. “Our goal is to help increase student achievement and ignite a passion for science among students.”
The Fluor Corporation has had a long-standing partnership with Fort Bend ISD, providing funding for science and engineering programs and donating more than 4,500 backpacks filled with school supplies to numerous FBISD schools. This year, Fluor donated 860 backpacks and $12,740 in additional funds to Townewest Elementary School. Over the past five years, Fluor had invested more than $375,000 to FBISD.