BSEE Tech Challenge
On April 5, the Taft Oil Technology Academy students participated in the first ever Tech Challenge on the west coast co-sponsored by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI). Students formed teams of 7-8 individuals who competed for points, which were awarded for Top Gun Challenges, quizzes, circuit building, and an RC car driving competition. First place received $2500, Second place $2000, Third place $1500, and Fourth place $1000.
The Challenge was a coordinated effort by many educational institutions: the Taft Oil Technology Academy, Taft College, California State University, Bakersfield, the University of Houston, and Texas A&M University. The petroleum industry in Taft also supported the event and special thanks to all: The Kern County Raceway Park, General Production Services, Fastenal, and Holmes Western Oil Corporation.Many people also deserve thanks for all their effort to bring this Challenge to Taft:Paul Robinson, University of HoustonJim Pettigrew, Texas A&MMark Fesmire, BSEERicardo Arteaga, NASAMrs. Vergie Beard, Kern County Raceway ParkRusty Risi, GPS and Kern County Raceway ParkGeorge Harmer, GPSKristen Tejeda, GPSAlexa Elder, FastenalSteve Hughes, Kern County Raceway ParkAnthony Cordova, Taft CollegeSheri Horn-Bunk, Taft College FoundationFred Holmes, Holmes Western Oil CorporationDayanand Saini, CSUBCheck out the photos courtesy of Fred Holmes!