Earlier this spring, the Lagos section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers trained local teachers on Energy4me curriculum who then taught energy programs at their schools. Hear about their experience below, and see the energy education happening in the photos!
In a move first of its kind in Nigeria, the Society of Petroleum Engineers has collaborated with the Lagos Power Kids Program to bring Energy4me to 50 secondary schools in Lagos state. The Lagos Power Kids Program is an initiative of the Lagos state government as part of the power sector development plan to help improve energy efficiency and conservation practice among its citizens. The Power kids program is an interactive, extra-curricular club activity specifically aimed at students of the junior secondary school sector and currently runs as a reward for the top schools which won the Governor’s award for Public schools. One thousand students participated in the program.
SPE prepared the oil and gas module and distributed the Energy4me packs and posters for the students and lecturers. On March 4th 2014, SPE Lagos section held a teach the trainers workshop where the 50 teachers and 10 supervisors were taken through the module and the experiment. The Lagos section volunteers had an interactive session with the teachers answering various questions posed by them. The pictures below complete the story.
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Energy4me is excited to be teaming up with the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) at this year’s National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference April 3rd-5th. We will be there distributing our Where is Petroleum poster, as well as signing teachers up to receive a free copy of our book, Oil and Natural Gas. If you are heading to Boston, MA for the conference, be sure to stop by and see us! Also, don’t miss the workshop being held by NEED, Fun with Energy Sources: Exciting Student-led Energy Source Activities, as well as over 40 other sessions with energy as the topic.
Check out the list of sessions here!
Join us in celebrating Engineers Week! This year’s theme is Discover Engineering – Let’s Make a Difference. There is a wealth of resources for teachers, students, and volunteers to celebrate the event, and we have picked some of our favorites!
For Teachers: The Discover E website is full of activities and videos to use in your classroom. Design, aerospace, computer science, environmental and energy engineering are all types of projects included in the list. Here is engineering principles with Slinky Science, electrical circuits with the Power of Graphene, and chemical reactions with Catalysis: Change for the Better. The full list is HERE!
For Students: Check out the Career Outlook on engineering; the average salary for engineers in 2011 was $99,738, and the field of engineering is expected to grow by 10 percent in the next ten years! Engineering Careers explores the many industries looking for new graduates. Remember, Energy4me has a full list of petroleum engineering schools and programs HERE!
Girl Day: Formerly known as Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Girl Day celebrates the importance of girls in engineering. Great role models and mentors are shaping future engineers during events on February 20. Find an Idea Starter to get involved.
Engineering Challenges: Always a quick activity to encourage teamwork and creativity, while fostering the love of science in kids! One of the 2013-2014 Albert Einstein Fellows, James Town, posted some classroom challenges that are cheap, easy, and great for Engineers Week. Find his full post HERE, but we’re sharing what he says about his best design ideas:
Best Helicopter Challenge:
Materials: Paper, Scissors, Paper clips, Stopwatch (optional)
Students cut out their Bunny Copter and go through the design process to improve it. I usually host the Eweek events at lunch so there is a natural design cut off. Then drop the copters head-to-head (or keep a running total of best times) to determine the winner. I make copies of the Bunny Copter Challenge from PBS Kids.
Best Boat Challenge:
Materials: 1’x1’ squares of aluminum; Something small, but kind of heavy that you can get a lot of (like dice or pennies); Buckets of water
Students craft a boat out of the aluminum foil (and only the aluminum foil) and try to keep the maximum amount of pennies afloat with their boat. Each trial they redesign and make it better. (Idea from Jefferson Labs)
Best Airplane Challenge:
Students make paper airplanes and try to make one that goes the furthest.
Best Jet Car Challenge:
Materials: Toy cars (e.g. Matchbox cars), Balloons, Straws, Tape, Paper clips
Admittedly, this one has the highest initial cost, but it also is the coolest. Students need to make the car go as far as possible passed the starting line. I always emphasize they cannot interact with it in any way once it passes the starting line. For extra engagement, the winner can keep their car. I originally got the idea from the e-week website run by American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
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Last year Energy4me hosted workshops all over the world, and this year is no different! To kick off our 2014 calendar we traveled to Doha, Qatar to host two workshops in conjunction with the International Petroleum and Technology Conference. Our first workshop focused on connecting local teachers with lessons about energy. Teachers spent the day learning how to connect hands-on science experiments to the oil and gas industry. They were able to participate in each activity and understand how to adapt it to fit their classroom.
For the second workshop, we brought the teachers back, but this time they brought their students with them. Students listened to young professionals from the oil and gas industry speak about how they were inspired to choose a career in engineering. They continued learning about the industry and the many career opportunities available to them by taking a tour of the conference exhibition. There they visited with a variety of companies, asking great questions, and seeing first-hand some of the latest technologies in use. Last, but certainly not least, the students got hands-on with the experiments, including learning about core samples, density, perforated well casings, and much more.
Future teacher workshops this year include Oman at the Oil and Gas West Asia Exhibition and Conference, Houston at the Offshore and Technology Conference (OTC) Energy Education Institute, and Calgary at the Heavy Oil Conference!
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We often get requests from students working on career projects for interviews with petroleum engineers. There is a wide range of specialties in the field and we get a variety of intriguing answers. So, we thought we’d share one our most recent student interviews!
Our guest interviewer is Joseph, a middle school student interested in studying engineering, and he is interviewing Mollie, a Field Engineer.
What education is necessary to be a successful Petroleum Engineer?
To be a successful Petroleum Engineer you should be willing to adapt to changing technology and constantly reading and talking to people about what’s going on in the industry. An advanced degree in engineering is necessary for most jobs; although you might not need a degree specific in petroleum engineering (mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and electrical engineering B.S. degree holders can also get jobs in petroleum field).
How would you describe your job?
My job is always changing. Working in operations I have many roles to fill and I have to make decisions that impact our business. If tools/ equipment break in the field, you have to use the resources available to you to fix it and you might not have a backup piece of equipment. You become very good, very quickly at all sorts of things: electrical wiring, computer repair, diesel engine maintenance just to name a few.
What does the day to day schedule of a Petroleum Engineer include?
My schedule includes trips to the well sites my crews are working on and many client meetings. I work on planning and designing field operations with instructions from clients on what they are looking for or with a problem they might be having with their well.
What advice would you give to someone interested in becoming a Petroleum Engineer?
Learn as much as you can about engineering and participate in any science fairs/ science projects you can in school and as part of after school activities.
What does the future in the industry of the Petroleum Engineering look like?
Busy. There are more and more fields being worked on for EOR (enhanced oil recovery) and for developing new technologies. Water along with oil will soon become one of the most precious resources that we have to use and manage. Fracing takes a lot of water and managing your water supply and recycling water for use in many wells will be becoming a common practice, even though the technology to do it right now is expensive.
Are there enough Petroleum Engineers to fulfill the demand for them?
No. There are many open positions available to Petroleum Engineers and many companies are hiring currently because there are not enough.
Why did you want to be a Petroleum Engineer?
When I was looking for jobs after college, I wanted a job that would allow me to engineer in the field and not behind a desk. I wanted to work on new and developing technologies. I worked on rigs and on frac sites and didn’t know that I wanted to be a Petroleum Engineer until I worked in oilfield operations and learned the impact I could make on the industry and operations.
Can you see the impact that you’re having on the world as a Petroleum Engineer?
Yes, every day I work with my crews on frac locations and know that we are completing wells which will produce energy for the US and the world. My crews and I strive to complete these wells with the highest degree of safety in mind and we also strive to protect the environment while working on these locations, minimizing our use of solvents and chemicals, separating our waste products and recycling what we can. We try to produce energy but not waste it.
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