SPE Europe Funds Energy4me Activities at Big Bang Fair
SPE Europe funded Energy4me’s presence at the 2014 Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair in Birmingham, UK, held 13–16 March. SPE Europe’s GBP-10,000 allocation paid for logo display throughout the fair; stand space, including room for Energy4me activities—such as Exploring Core Sampling—in the fair’s “Energise Zone”; seats at the supporters’ dinner; and invitations to the National Science and Engineering Competition. The National Science and Engineering Competition recognizes full-time students living in the UK, ages 11 through 18, who submit the best project entries based on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics.
The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair is aimed at educating young people, ages 7 through 19, about careers in STEM fields. This year’s fair attracted 75,000 attendees. SPE Europe plans to support the fair again in 2015 with an even greater presence.
Energy4me Comes to 50 Secondary Schools in Lagos State
The SPE Lagos Section 61 collaborated with the Lagos State Power Kids program to help bring Energy4me to 50 secondary schools in Lagos State, Nigeria. The Power Kids initiative was started by the state government for the purpose of teaching students about the importance of the efficiency and conservation of power usage, and is offered as an extracurricular club at schools in Lagos State that earn the governor’s award for academic excellence. Approximately 1,000 students participate in the program.
“Before now, the Power Kids program was focused on electricity and power,” said Oghenero Ozobeme, SPE Lagos Section 61 chair. “With this collaboration, SPE included an energy module. This initiative is very important because it presents the oil and gas industry to the students in an informative and engaging way.”
On 4 March 2014, SPE volunteers distributed Energy4me packs and posters and held a teach-the-trainers session with 50 teachers and 10 supervisors. The first part of the workshop taught teachers about SPE, Energy4me, and how to use the Energy4me teaching materials. The second part was devoted to a question-and-answer period.
SPE’s Western North America and Rocky Mountain Regions Hold Joint Conference
The Western North America and Rocky Mountain SPE regions held their first joint conference, 15–18 April, in Denver, Colorado, at the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel. The gathering offered attendees a panel discussion featuring oil and gas commission chairs from five US states; networking events; an exhibition; and five short courses, both on conventional and on unconventional resources, taught by industry experts. Technical sessions were also held, which included the presentation of more than 80 papers over 2 days. The conference’s keynote speakers were Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Helge Hove-Haldorsen, incoming 2015 SPE president.