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Take the Wheel… Run an Energy4me Program!

Author: ; Published: Aug 16, 2012; Category: Classroom materials, Energy Education, Science, SPE members; Tags: , , , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

Together, we can make a difference by sharing the facts about energy with the public and putting a face on the industry.

Energy is a critical issue worldwide, and we believe face-to-face interaction is one of the many effective ways to spread the word about energy conservation, the future of the oil and gas industry and its impact on the planet! SPE members, teachers, young professionals and even university students all bring a facet to energy education that can lead the way.

Doing your part for energy education is easy, and there are plenty of ways for you to get involved! Based on your interests, you may consider the following activities:

  • Classroom presentations
  • Show and tell
  • Donate Energy4me materials to schools
  • Supporting teacher workshops
  • Scholarships/grants

Read more HERE about how to get started, setting a plan of action and how to utilize Energy4me materials during the program!

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Environmental Scientist, SPE Member, Teaches Students about Energy

Author: ; Published: May 4, 2012; Category: Classroom presentations, Education outreach; Tags: , , ; Comments: Comments Off

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.”

Interested in getting involved? Know students where you live who could benefit from energy education? Let us help. Send us a note to about how you’d like to get involved. Review some of the free materials that we offer to support you here:

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Hands-On or Hands-Off… Which is More Beneficial to Students?

Author: ; Published: Mar 29, 2012; Category: Education outreach, Energy Education; Tags: , , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

There are different ways to teach. Each student learns differently and there is no right or wrong way. The goal is that the subject matter resonates and that the student understands. That being said, we took a short survey here at Energy4me posing the question “Hands-On or Hands-Off” regarding the best way information resonates and/or assists one in understanding the material.

The results are in… 100% of the participants selected “Hands-On.” Though it is not a total representation of students across the world, it’s a general consensus amongst people in our network that hands-on works the best. That speaks to us. That speaks to teachers.

As we venture deeper into the 21st century, where the availability of information is so readily available thanks to the technical age we live in with Google and other search engines/aids on our smartphones and tablets, it’s important now more than ever to reinforce visuals and things we can hold in our hands as valuable, teachable tools. Maybe instead of just showing that 3D map of where the state capitals and countries are, how about we bring out a globe and let the students twirl it and place stickers and pins on those places; or even a visit to their state capital where they can sit-in on a court proceeding. Instead of only watching a video about animal tendencies and features, that we take them to a zoo where they can see and hold animals and vegetation in their hands?

Instead of only looking at pictures of technology exhibits and new innovations, how about we take them to places like the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) where they can touch, stand on and get expert insight from the person that built the technology… wouldn’t that help?

Fortunately, we have teachers like you that continue to realize hands-on is not just a chance to get out of the classroom and from behind a book: it’s a chance for students to write their own… with hands-on knowledge.

Energy4me employs the 5E instructional model.This model is a teaching sequence that can be used for entire programs, specific units and individual lessons. Energy4me lesson plans support the 5E constructivist learning cycle, helping students build their own understanding from experiences and new ideas.

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SPE’s Ghana Section is committed to energy education!

Author: ; Published: Dec 22, 2011; Category: Classroom materials, Classroom presentations, Education outreach, Energy, Energy Education, Energy sources, Engineering Careers, Environment, SPE members; Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

SPE Ghana Board

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Ghana section, is growing and gaining momentum! With a growing membership and an enthusiastic board, they have made the commitment to make a difference in the oil and gas industry while doing something good for their community. The Ghana section will be supporting 10 schools in Accra and 10 schools in Takoradi with energy education materials including energy4me books and kits as well as classroom presentations.

SPE encourages all its members and sections 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.

The energy4me books and kits donated to the Ghana section were sponsored by energy4me, SPE’s energy education outreach program, and Colin Black, SPE EIC member and Director, Optima Solutions UK Ltd.

SPE and energy4me would like to thank the Ghana section in their energy outreach initiatives. Together, we can make a difference by sharing the facts about energy with the public and putting a face on the industry.

Keep up the good work!

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The picture to the right shows the SPE Ghana board members and British High Commissioner, Mr. Peter Jones.

First Annual “New Faces of Engineering College Edition” Winners!

Author: ; Published: Dec 6, 2011; Category: Education outreach, Energy Education, Engineering Careers, SPE members, Technology, Volunteering; Tags: , , , , , , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

Moustafa Ezzat

The National Engineers Week Foundation and partners honor top college engineering students by recognizing the most promising engineering professionals of tomorrow with their first annual New Faces of Engineering College Edition program.

Fifteen engineering students in their third, fourth, or fifth year were selected. Winners are recognized for academic excellence, leadership within student organizations, outstanding communication skills, non-engineering related community service and involvement in the engineering industry.

Moustafa Ezzat, a 5th year student from the British University in Egypt and student member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), was among the winners.

Since 2003, National Engineers Week Foundation has honored young engineering professionals with its New Faces of Engineering award.  This is the first year the popular initiative has expanded to recognize the best and brightest college engineering students.

Congratulations Moustafa Ezzat!

New Faces of Engineering College Edition is live on Facebook (  The page provides a source of academic and professional development opportunities available to students from National Engineers Week Foundation’s engineering association, university, and corporate partners.  Students can meet with their engineering peers in every field and learn about other events, internships, jobs, competitions, engineering associations and more.

Funding for New Faces of Engineering College Edition is provided by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). For more information, visit

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