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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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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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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Congrats to the 2013 Nico van Wingen Memorial Graduate Fellowship Recipients!

The Nico Van Wingen Memorial Graduate Fellowship is an annual fellowship award for SPE members at the Ph.D. level intending to pursue careers in academia. Each university that has an SPE Student Chapter and offers a Ph.D. degree in petroleum engineering may nominate one candidate.

The fellowship namesake, Nico van Wingen, played a major role in the development of oil production technology in the US, Austria, Canada, West Germany, Iran, Turkey, and Venezuela. He was active on many SPE committees and won the Anthony F Lucas Gold Medal and SPE Distinguished Member award in 1985.

In 2013, two outstanding individuals are recipients of the award: Orhun Aydin of Stanford University and Mojtaba Shahri of Tulsa University. Congratulations to them both!

AYDIN_photoAydin is a PhD student in the Energy Resources Engineering Department at Stanford University. He has received a Master of Science Degree in Energy Resources Engineering Department at Stanford in 2012. He received his Bachelor of Science at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Orhun was awarded the SPE STAR Scholarship during his last year at Middle East Technical University. 

Currently, Aydin is a research assistant at the Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting (S.C.R.F.), where he works with Professor Caers on model complexity to answer how complex we need to make earth models or reservoir models to make decisions. Outside of his responsibilities as a student researcher, he is also the treasurer of the Stanford Student Chapter of SPE.

Shahri is a PhD student at the University of Tulsa. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Petroleum Engineering in 2008 and 2010. He earned the 1st rank in both undergraduate and graduate studies 2008 and 2010 among all the students. Mojtaba also ranked 1st in the University of National Entrance Examination of Graduate Program. Mojtaba has more than twenty publications in different journals and conference related to Petroleum Engineering and also served as technical reviewer in petroleum engineering related journals. He has been awarded as the 2012 Henry Dewitt Smith Fellowship recipient in the world as well.Mojtaba Pordel Shahri

Shahri is currently conducting research on the coupled fluid flow-geomechanical modeling of reservoirs for predicting reservoir stress path under supervision of Dr. Miska and Dr. Yu at the University of Tulsa Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP).

For more information about the Nico van Wingen Fellowship go here.

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Nuclear Curriculum Updates!

Guest blog courtesy of DaNel Hogan, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow and the NEED Project 

One of my favorite things about the NEED Project is the fact that they use real classroom teachers to develop, update, and improve their energy education curricula. The NEED Teacher Advisory Board is regularly asked to weigh in on what is working and how it can be improved based on their experience using the activities in the classroom with their students. I just had the pleasure of helping with such an update of the Intermediate Grade Level Energy from Uranium and the Secondary Grade Level Exploring Nuclear curricula. The entire team at the NEED Project works hard to keep the data and information up-to-date in the curricula. With the recent tsunami in Japan, which caused a nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, it was definitely necessary to update the nuclear curricula to provide details about what happened during this event. Given that this is something students are certain to ask about, it is important that the current curricula reflects what we now know about this accident. Beyond the updates to the background information, you will also notice changes to some of the activities that reflect improvements based on classroom use and also on grade level appropriateness. Check out these updated pieces of curricula (and and thanks for continuing to work toward our goal of creating an energy literate citizenry!

Energy from Uranium(Intermediate)

Exploring Nuclear Energy (Secondary) 




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SPE Student Chapter Makes Difference With Energy Presentation

Energy education is fun. Energy education is enlightening. Energy education is worthwhile.

These are just a few of the many facets of a recent presentation put on by members of the SPE Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Student Chapter to 15 high school seniors. In holding such a workshop, SPE student members also received gratification from sharing information that the students might not have known… further inspiring them to hold more similar events in the future.


Below is an account of the presentation by M. Mohsin Tariq Khan, President of the SPE Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Student Chapter.

“Recently, Gözde Baş and I made a presentation together with our department professors to hazirlik (English preparatory school students). The professors talked to the students about courses and the future of petroleum engineers while we informed the students about our society’s activities. I gave a presentation about energy and the opportunities given by our society to students while Gözde talked to the students regarding the existence of Energy4me, and its activities. Gözde then distributed Energy4me brochures, bookmarks, and went through the Oil and Natural Book – all donated to us by Energy4me! 

Later, SPE member, Alper Bayramoglu taught the students how to use our website for membership registration and we even registered new members who were now interested in oil and gas as a result of our presentation! To keep information available to reference for those interested, we then donated the Energy4me Oil and Natural Gas Book to our campus library! It will be kept in the library collection for general use- meaning anyone can borrow and read it.” 

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Interested in holding a similar type event? We can equip you with the materials you need. Send us an email to Learn more about the SPE Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Student Chapter by visiting 

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2013 is All About Energy Education!


2013 is under way and from Energy4me’s perspective, we plan on it being one where we continue to bring energy education to the classroom by educating teachers and students! That fact will be demonstrated at the annual Offshore Technology Conference – which takes place 6-9 May 2013 at Reliant Park, Houston, Texas, USA.

For Houston-area educators, as part of the Energy Education Institute, learn ways to energize your classroom at the teacher workshop (grades 4-12) or bring your students (ages 15 or older) to OTC for an exciting STEM event that will showcase, firsthand, the exciting opportunities the oil and gas industry can offer. IMG9256-M

Live in the Houston-area? Want to be a part of this exciting opportunity? Send us an email to to register. There is no cost for the teacher workshop or HS STEM event.


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Students Explore STEM Careers With Interactive Game


One of the foundational aspects of teaching is to find what students are good at, harness it, then expose them to opportunities that align with those talents. We came across a cool site,, that will assist you with your students regarding careers. iON Future lets students explore STEM careers, find the ones that best match their interests and then play their way to their dream STEM future – all in a fun, engaging, exciting way.


Share the exploration game with your students, then come back, tell us how it was received and about some of the popular careers selected!

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