HOUSTON, July 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CITGO Petroleum Corporation is proud to partner with National School Supply, We Are Teachers, and 'America's Science Teacher' and Emmy-award winning television personality, Steve Spangler, for the sixth annual Fueling Education program, an initiative designed to raise awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

Now through September 9, 2018, eligible public elementary and middle school teachers can visit www.FuelingEducation.com for the chance to win up to $5,000 in school supplies to benefit their classrooms, as well as STEM-teaching workshops hosted by Mr. Spangler.

"We are thankful for supporters like CITGO, who have helped us in our mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers," said Mr. Spangler. "Once again this year, we will positively impact almost 100 classrooms to better engage students in STEM subjects."

The Fueling Education program is one of many efforts aligned with the CITGO signature educational initiative called the CITGO STEM Talent Pipeline. The goal is to expand STEM education and career opportunities for students in the company's operational areas. Since the initiative's inception in 2016, CITGO has awarded more than $1.5 million toward programs that promote the importance of STEM education and provide educators with much needed resources.

"At CITGO, we recognize that the STEM fields play a key role in the sustained growth of our industry, our communities, and our nation's economy," said Larry Elizondo, CITGO General Manager, Community Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility. "We see the value of STEM every day across our operations, and we are committed to working with schools and universities in our regions to make STEM education a priority and help solve the critical shortage of STEM professionals entering the workforce."

To enter the Fueling Education promotion, eligible teachers can visit www.FuelingEducation.com to share their favorite STEM teaching idea, for the chance to receive one of the following:

  • Three (3) Grand Prize winners will receive a $5,000 voucher for school supplies redeemable at National School Supply, as well as an in-school teacher workshop from Mr. Spangler for up to 100 teachers.
  • Ninety (90) First Prize winners will receive a $1,000 voucher for school supplies redeemable at National School Supply, as well as a free subscription to Mr. Spangler's Virtual Science Workshop.

Upon entering the contest, teachers will receive a STEM education packet with lesson plans and posters (while supplies last). To enter and learn more about the Fueling Education program rules and regulations, visit www.fuelingeducation.com/official-rules.

About Steve Spangler
Steve Spangler is a best-selling author, educator, entrepreneur and Emmy award-winning science communicator who finds the most creative ways to make science fun. His videos featured on YouTube have more than 200 million views, and his online experiments are widely used by parents and educators to increase student engagement and inspire young scientists to learn more about STEM-based careers. Steve is probably best known for using YouTube as his classroom to teach millions of people how to turn a bottle of soda and a roll of Mentos into an erupting soda geyser. Spangler is a frequent guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where she dubbed him "America's Science Teacher…because his creativity and sense of fun are inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders." For more, visit www.stevespangler.com or www.facebook.com/stevespangler

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.