energy education

Parents and Kids: Energize Your Summer!

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It’s officially summer and with summer comes baseball games, backyard BBQs and trips to the pool. But if you’re a parent of school-aged children, it also means finding activities to keep your kids entertained during summer vacation. This summer, keep your kids engaged with fun and educational energy-related activities!

Did you know: Incandescent light bulbs only convert about 10 percent of the energy they consume into light and the rest is released as heat. The Energy Department’s Energy Bike demonstrates the physical effort it takes to power incandescent, compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs. Students from Churchill Road Elementary School in Virginia recently pedaled for power at their Earth Day assembly, learning firsthand about energy efficiency. 

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Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.


This is just one of the many energy-themed activities available to parents and kids! Visit HERE to learn more. 

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Students, Educators Get an Up-Close Look at Technology and More at OTC!

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. (


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!

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Explaining Science With Ten Hundred Words!


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.

Cool stuff!


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Six Reasons to Invest in Better STEM Education


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.

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Extra! Extra! Energy4me Has a Newsletter!

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!

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Space? Petroleum Engineering? Yes, There’s a Connection!

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?

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Report Says U.S. on Track to Produce More Domestic Crude Oil Than it Imports

For those of you living in the United States, we wanted to share an interesting finding from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). According to their March energy report, the U.S. is on track to produce more domestic crude oil than it imports from overseas sources by the end of 2013. Furthermore, the report says that when it happens, it will be the first time since February 1995 that domestic crude production has outstripped imports.

According to the report, increased shale oil production in Texas and North Dakota gets the credit for this shift, with some estimates suggesting that domestic sources will be out-producing imports by as much as two million barrels per day by the end of next year. What’s more, monthly U.S. crude production could even reach eight million barrels per day in 2014, highs not seen since 1988.

Here is EIA’s chart showing the long-term trend:




Visit HERE for more on this EIA’s report. What do you think of the report’s findings?

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Disclaimer: This blog post, is in no way, a direct reflection of Energy4me or any of it’s constituents. The purpose is to serve simply as a news source of applicable industry news.

Energy Drives Canada, Energy BOT Squad

Canada is home to many oil and gas resources and an abundance of energy education enthusiasts. Energy4me held teacher workshops in Canada in 2012 and have plans to hold similar type events in 2013! 

We came across a pretty cool resource we wanted to share with you: The Energy BOT Squad! Powered by the Centre for Energy, The Energy BOT Squad is 10 BOTS, one for every major energy source in the country. With these members of Canada’s Energy BOT Squad, you can discover how they power your home, your car, your city and your life! 

PICK A BOT and learn details about solar, oil, gas, coal, geothermal and more!



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STEMtistic: Why Engineering Pays Off

This week’s blog is courtesy of Do you have students interested in engineering as a career? From a financial perspective, there are many benefits to STEM and pursuing a career in the many engineering disciplines. Read why below.


The median annual earnings of an engineer with a bachelor’s degree are $75,000.

In fact, 8 of the top 10 majors associated with the highest median earnings per year are in engineering:

  • Petroleum engineering: $120,000
  • Pharmacy sciences and administration: $105,000
  • Mathematics and computer science: $98,000
  • Aerospace engineering: $87,000
  • Chemical engineering: $86,000
  • Electrical engineering: $85,000
  • Naval architecture and marine engineering: $82,000
  • Mechanical engineering: $80,000
  • Metallurgical engineering: $80,000
  • Mining and mineral engineering: $80,000


Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (2011). New Report on the Economic Value of 171 College Majors Links College Majors to Earnings. [Press release]. Retrieved from See also Carnevale, A.P., Melton, M. and Strohl, J (2011). What’s It Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

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Inspirational Engineer, Abhijeet Kulkarni, Nominated for New Faces of Engineering

Let’s celebrate awesome… and inspirational!

17-23 February 2013 is Engineers Week! Every year, since 2003, members from participating engineering societies nominate colleagues 30 years or younger for consideration as one of the New Faces of Engineering, a highly coveted honor. SPE (Energy4me’s supporting organization) nominated Abhijeet Kulkarni of Shell Denmark.Abhijeet_Kulkarni Colour

Kulkarni, 30, is a reservoir engineer whose work is constantly informed by his all rounded approach towards his organization, environment and the future. He is currently involved in a project to enhance oil and gas production from the existing North Sea fields. He is a voluntary member of the Earth Watch team that has studied the impact of climate change in the Arctic. As chairman of SPE Young Professional program, he inspires the youth as he mentors and spreads awareness about engineering.

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