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Energy4me Holds Teacher Workshop in Russia

SPE education initiative Energy4me held its first Russian teacher workshop during the SPE Russian Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Technical Conference and Exhibition in Moscow on 16 October, the final day of the three-day event.

After a greeting from 2014 SPE Russian and Caspian Regional Director Andrey Gladkov—who stressed the industry’s growing demand for more technical training of young students—student members from Gubkin State University of Oil and Gas in Moscow led the 14 attending middle and secondary school teachers in a series of classroom experiments designed to demonstrate different scientific concepts involved in the upstream oil and gas industry. The seven exercises explored several oil and gas areas, including production, with “Getting the Oil Out,” where participants used common classroom materials to transport liquids, and “Forms and Sources of Energy,” which educates students about how heat, friction, and other actions create energy. After the experiments, teachers learned ways to include downstream topics in their lesson plans with “The Peak Oil Game,” which focused on refining and products.

Later in the session, teachers were given a tour of the conference’s exhibition area to see oilfield technology up close and to learn about employment opportunities in the oil and gas industry. Energy4me closed the workshop by providing instructors with teaching materials to reproduce the day’s experiments in their own classrooms.

Energy Apprentice Winner Announced

Enitome Buluku, who is pursuing an MSc degree in oil and gas engineering at the University of Aberdeen, won the SPE Aberdeen Section’s second biennial Energy Apprentice contest, which was held at the Douglas Hotel on 5 November. The contest pits university students from across Scotland in three elimination rounds that test professional and engineering skills required for working in the oil and gas industry. Competition rounds included technical questions, team problem-solving challenges, and mock interviews.

“The Energy Apprentice competition was designed to give students an insight into the oil and gas industry and prepare them for what to expect when it comes to securing a job in a competitive market,” said SPE Aberdeen Chairman Ross Lowdon. The 2014 contest was sponsored by Total and judges were from Halliburton, The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre, Baker Hughes, and oil and gas training company Thor Holt. Buluku won a GBP-300 scholarship toward his studies. Oghosa Ken Obazee, working toward an MSc degree in petroleum production engineering, and Mohammed Ayaz Ahmed, a drilling and well engineering MSc student—both from Robert Gordon University—took second and third place, and scholarships of GBP 150 and GBP 50, respectively.