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SPE Volunteers

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) encourages its members to educate the public about energy and put a face on the industry. Energy is a critical issue worldwide, and SPE believes face-to-face contact is the ideal way to spread the word about energy conservation, the future of the oil and gas industry and its impact on the planet. SPE’s Energy4me program is designed to make an impact with website resources, teacher development and speaker programs.

The Energy4me program is flexible. It’s easy for SPE sections and members to get started. Programs can be:

  • As big or small as desired
  • Ongoing or specific to a certain time of year:
    • Classroom presentations can be given throughout the year
    • Engineers Week in February, Earth Science Week in October, summer engineering camps at targeted times to consider educational outreach
  • Done with minimal cost/time investment: there is no cost affiliated with giving a classroom presentation, other than a little time
  • Developed with more resources to yield bigger results: holding fundraisers, engaging corporate sponsors or teaming with other societies can multiply your impact

Some ways you can get involved:

SPE Sections
  • Donate Energy4me materials to schools
  • Offer scholarships/grants
  • Start a classroom presentation program
  • Mentor a school science club
  • Take part in Engineers Week and Earth Science Week activities
  • Hold an energy-themed art contest
Individual Members
  • Lead teachers or students in educational activities at select SPE conferences
  • Give classroom presentations
  • Translate Energy4me materials into your local language
  • Judge science fairs
  • Help Boy and Girl Scouts earn Energy or Engineering Merit Badges
  • Tell friends, family and the community about SPE’s energy education website, Energy4me.org