We’ve been traveling worldwide this fall bringing energy education to teachers and students. In October, we visited Calgary, Moscow, Adelaide and Amsterdam! Hear from one of our amazing SPE member volunteers as she shares about the high school student event in South Australia:
Helena Wu (Santos), SPE South Australian Section Vice Chair
On Wednesday 15th October, 69 students and teachers from 7 local schools participated in an Education & Teachers’ Day held in Adelaide, Australia. The event aimed to introduce high school students in grades 9 and 10 and their teachers, to Petroleum Engineering and the broader oil and gas industry.
The one day event was organised in conjunction with the 2014 Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition (APOGCE), held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 14-16 October 2014.
“A teacher has since informed us that after attending this event, at least two of his students had switched to include STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in their Year 11 enrollment next year,” said James Griffiths, 2014 APOGCE Education & Teachers’ Day Chairperson, and South Australian Section Community Liaison Chair. “We were extremely pleased to hear the event has made a difference,” he added.
“The diversity in student participation was also encouraging, with 35% females and 65% males, as well as 3 public schools and 4 private schools participating,” James said.
The day kicked off with a welcome from 2016 SPE President Dr Nathan Meehan, who broke the ice by demonstrating his juggling abilities while sharing insights on the industry.
After a quick ‘Mythbusters’ quiz designed to challenge common misperceptions, local SPE members Carrie Trembath (Beach Energy) and Steven Travers (Baker Hughes) explained how oil and gas is discovered, extracted and turned into everyday end products.
A number of hands on activities followed to reinforce concepts learnt and to spark interest – these included a close look at core samples (Nick Lemon, Santos), mixing frac fluids (Mary McGowen and team, Halliburton) and an intense Energy4Me game (Jenni and Lou, SPE).
Over lunch, young professionals David Warren and Helena Wu (Santos) shared stories on why they studied engineering and their career journeys to date.
In the afternoon, students toured the 700+ sqm exhibition area in small groups guided by local SPE members. This provided the opportunity for students to see first-hand, some of the high-end technologies developed by engineers and used within our industry.
Inspired (and loaded with freebies), the day concluded with a presentation on school subject choices recommended for engineering and a quick Q&A and Feedback session.
The Teachers’ Day programme was split off in the afternoon, to enable teachers to receive comprehensive, objective information about the scientific concepts of energy and its importance in society.
Special sessions were organised resulting in the teachers spending time with 2016 SPE President Dr Nathan Meehan and SPE Energy4Me instructors, Jenni and Lou, who flew in from Texas and Dubai for this event. A higher level exhibition tour was also conducted.
The SPE South Australian Section would like to acknowledge and thank James Griffiths (Santos) and Nicole Ditty (University of Adelaide) for their hard work and dedication over the past 18 months to make the event an absolute success.
Further information on 2014 APOGCE Education & Teachers’ Day is available at: http://www.spe.org/events/apogce/2014/pages/schedule/education_day.php
By Helena Wu, SPE South Australian Section Vice Chairperson
How do you keep over 20,000 students, parents and children of all ages, dazzled and entranced in the science of oil and gas?
After months of planning, the SPE South Australian Section brought the science of oil and gas to life, at the recent 2014 Science Alive! event. In its first foray into this annual expo, the South Australian Section partnered up with two local sections of other professional societies to share a 6m x 6m booth titled ‘Discover the Science of Oil and Gas’.
Held from 8-10 August at the local showgrounds, Science Alive! is a three day science and technology expo which attracted over 4,000 students on the Friday ‘Careers Day’ and an estimated 20,000 children and parents on the weekend public opening.
Through a mixture of presentations, exhibits and hands on activities, attendees were provided with an understanding of the petroleum lifecycle, starting from generation and migration, right through to production and integration into everyday society.
SPE members volunteering at the booth were kept busy dispelling common perceptions of oil and gas being found in underground caverns. “Many were surprised by the numerous everyday products made from petroleum,” said James Griffiths, Event Coordinator and Community Liaison Chair for SPE South Australian Section.
Prior to the event, SPE Senior Manager Communication and Energy Education, Paige McCown and SPE Southern Asia Pacific Regional Director, John Boardman, made a special donation of Energy4Me materials to the section, which were well utilised for the event. The bookmarks proved to be most popular, while both students and parents shifted through the career brochures and quizzed each other using the IQ test questions.
The thinking caps are already out to ensure next year’s booth will be even bigger and better!
For more information about Science Alive! and Australia’s annual National Science Week, visit http://www.scienceweek.net.au/science-alive-2014/.
Taking a break from hosting workshops, we took some time to participant in some great energy education experiences this summer. In July, the entire Energy4me team (including our newest member from our Dubai office!) went down to Georgia for some extensive energy training with The NEED Project at their National Energy Conference for Educators.
A full week was spent exploring all sources of energy, energy conservation and energy efficiency. We had our minds and hands busy with energy projects, competitions, performances, and a visit to a local importing LNG facility on Elba Island. The best part was meeting teachers from all over the US and taking home new knowledge and activities to expand on the Energy4me curriculum and resources. Be sure to mark your calendar and apply for next year’s conference! Visit www.need.org for more information.
Energy4me then traveled to Massillon, Ohio, for a workshop put on by the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP). This 2 day workshop included industry speakers, hands on activities, and a field trip to several different types of drilling sites. At each site we were able to learn so much about their operations. Speakers not only talked about but showed us the equipment and technology needed for horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, injection wells, and natural gas storage. To learn more about the teacher resources they have available, visit www.oogeep.org.
Thanks to OOGEEP and The NEED Project for the great #energyeducation this summer! We’re ready for the new school year, starting with our first professional development training in San Antonio this August. Interested in attending one? Visit our Teacher Workshops page for details on where we’ll be!
Author: jhook; Published: Jun 12, 2014; Category: Classroom materials, Education outreach, Energy, Energy Education, Energy sources, Professional Development, Science, STEM; Tags: None; Comments: Be the first
This summer take a minute to check out some energy science professional development or student programs in your area! Museums, science centers and professional organizations are all offering courses or experience opportunities throughout the summer months. The bonus for teachers is many of them will allow you to credit the hours back to your school or district requirements. Energy4me donates Oil and Natural Gas books and other materials for teachers to take home from many of these types of programs.
Energy4me staff is taking some time to attend some on our own this summer, we’ll be sure to share in future posts. We’ve put together a list of a few that we’re aware of, feel free to share others in the comments!
The Science of Racing Workshop
The NEED Project sponsored by Shell
Hands-on materials and activities to take back to the classroom will highlight the fuels of auto racing, polymers in auto racing, and the science of motors and generators. The training will begin with a workshop and continue with interactive exhibits and an opportunity to view qualifying races at Reliant Park that afternoon.
June 27, Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, TX, USA
Summer Institute for Elementary Teachers (SIET)
Canada Science and Technology Museum
The Summer Institute for Elementary Teachers is a three day interactive professional learning workshop for primary and junior teachers. The program shares innovative teaching strategies for integrating science, technology, engineering, and math into classroom lessons.
July 22-24, Ottawa, ON, Canada
OOGEEP Science Teacher Workshop
Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program
The goal of the workshop is to help foster energy education by connecting science education to the energy industry. The six learning stations include hands-on experiments, background information, industry guest speakers, graphic organizer ideas and career connections.
June 18-19, Marietta, OH, and July July 30-31, Massillon, OH, USA
Exploring History Summer Camp
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
For students! Activities will include science experiments, field trips and art class. Children will be learning all about energy conservation, renewable and nonrenewable resources, where energy comes from, and an in-depth look at petroleum and offshore drilling. Ages 7-11.
July 7-August 8, College Station, TX, USA
The 2014 Offshore Technology Conference hosted the largest Energy Education Institute ever this year, attending over 150 teachers and 200 students! With help from the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) , we were able to get everyone involved to learn more about the oil and gas industry, the future of energy, and the careers available.
Students started their day with activities that relate to energy, oil and gas exploration, and production. They performed experiments about density, core sampling, and horizontal well drilling, to name a few. Next industry professionals took them on the exhibition floor on an energy scavenger hunt. Here they saw the latest technology being used in the industry; spoke to industry professionals, and learned about different careers that are critical to our nation’s energy production.
Teachers came to OTC eager to learn about the industry and what they can do to prepare their students for jobs in the future.
Sponsored by ExxonMobil, the teachers began their day listening to an exciting keynote presentation given by Dr. Helge Hove Haldorsen. Helge talked about the critical role the four “E’s” will play in the global energy demand and supply; Energy, Economics, Environment, and the pillar of all the energy “E’s”, Education. They too were able to tour the exhibition floor and learned how to incorporate hands on energy lessons into their classrooms.
Check out the video from this year’s exciting workshop here, and if you missed out on attending, look for registration to open for 2015 in January. Did you attend this year? Let us know what your favorite part of the workshop was by leaving a comment or visit us on Facebook or Twitter!