Author: Anthony Darby; Published: May 13, 2013; Category: Classroom materials, Classroom presentations, Energy Education; Tags: Classroom Instruction, energy education, STEM, students, Teachers; Comments: Comments Off
The 2013 Offshore Technology Conference hosted 11 Houston-area high school groups as part of the Energy Education Institute on 9 May! About 250 students and teachers escaped from the classroom for the day to explore offshore technology through activities facilitated by our friends at the NEED Project. Groups modeled the challenges of “Getting the Oil out” at different depths through artificial lift. Using straws and sponges, students were able to explain why perforated well casings can produce more petroleum or natural gas in horizontal drilling than ones without holes. These activities and more are available in the NEED Project’s “Exploring Oil and Gas” curriculum guide. (http://need.org/needpdf/ExploringOilandGas.pdf)
Industry tour guides took the students and teachers to the expansive OTC exhibit halls to discover the future of offshore technology. Many of the exhibitors shared presentations of their products by letting students climb in submersible vehicles, view 3D models of rigs, and interact with state-of-the-art simulations of the offshore drilling process. OTC recognizes the importance of engaging students in the opportunities of offshore energy careers, because they are the future of the industry!
Thanks to generous sponsorships of BP and ExxonMobil, both the student and teachers workshops were complimentary. If you missed out this year, check back for applications to the OTC 2014 Energy Education Institute!
Interested in attending a like workshop? Send us a note to email@example.com
Ask an engineer what they do for a living and sometimes you’ll get a mouthful of jargon and very little understanding of what he or she actually studies.
That’s where the “Ten Hundred Words of Science” challenge comes in. Inspired by internet comic artist Randall Munroe, who recently used only the 1,000 most common words in the English language to describe the Saturn V rocket, scientists from every field are now experimenting with this limited word list to explain their own work.
Go HERE to view parse impenetrable scientific terminology into everyday language when describing complex science!
One example is the web comic panel “The Up-Goer Five” shown as a snapshot below. In this annotated blueprint, he describes each piece of the complex rocket that took American astronauts to the moon, eliminating complicated technical terms in favor of explanations everyone can understand.
Check out this infographic we found courtesy of EDTECH! It demonstrates the importance of K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics instruction. Furthermore, the infographic illustrates how a firm math and technology-based education can improve students’ long-term job and career prospects.
Looking to make the case for better STEM investment in your school or district? Make the case visually with the following six reasons why every school should make STEM education a priority.
We are pleased and excited to launch the first edition of the Energy4me Newsletter! As you know, we’re the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) global energy education outreach program offering factual educational resources to students, teachers, and the general public.
Published quarterly, the Newsletter will keep past workshop participants, educators, and SPE members updated with the latest information on resources and materials regarding energy education.
We also provide you with up-to-date information about upcoming educator and student workshops, volunteer and scholarship opportunities, and career profiles!
In short, the Newsletter is for you and anyone you know interested in energy education!
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View the first Newsletter: HERE!
Watch our Energy4me promo video HERE!
Just like with any industry, there is always an eye to the future. This also rings true regarding the future of petroleum engineering. In the March issue of the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT), an article titled “Exploring the Deep Earth and Deep Space: What role does the petroleum industry play?” dove deep into the subject.
The article has interesting points about the future of petroleum engineering in space including how exciting hydrocarbon discoveries of mind-bending quantities are being made in the far reaches of our solar system and even in our own Milky Way galaxy.
It also references a new paper by scientists on NASA’s Cassini-Huygens mission, which finds that blocks of hydrocarbon ice might float upon the surface of existing lakes and seas of liquid methane, and ethane on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.
Keeping alive the interplay between advances in understanding deep Earth, deep space, and the needs of the petroleum industry may lead us to a future shaped more by the intersection of these pursuits.
What do you think? Would you take your career to space?
Send us a note to energyed@SPE.org if you would like a copy of the article.