Environmental Scientist, SPE Member, Teaches Students about Energy
Recently, SPE member Jeffrey Cline, visited Maede Creek High School in Katy, TX., to talk to two classes of 25-plus students about energy and its effects. Cline regularly volunteers his time and resources to educate students and young professionals about the industry he has worked in for more than 35 years.
Cline made his energy education presentation to the school’s environmental science class; “Environmental Effects of Energy,” a course that offers college credit once the students pass the exam.
The subject matter was “Impacts of Energy.” Cline chose this topic in order to make comparisons of impacts (positive/negative) of all energy sources/uses. Additionally, Cline discussed sociological elements such as taking a balanced, “apples to apples” view of various energy sources and discussing the positive and negative impacts of each. To cover test questions (six week exam is on pollution – air and water), the students were shown oil spills and various cleanup methods and technologies. The class then discussed dispersants in detail as a result of student questions.
In addition to SPE notebooks, pens and education materials, Bobble Head SPE stickers were given as rewards to those that responded by asking or answering questions – and there were many!
“The students were quite enthusiastic and a number of them even stopped briefly to talk to me after the presentation,” said Cline. “I was thoroughly impressed with their interest, involvement and enthusiasm. I can’t wait to do it again.”
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