The Energy Collaborative Workforce Subcommittee identifies and supports initiatives to promote awareness of the important role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, seeking to engage a stronger relationship between academia and industry, and address the shortage of new technical talent in the energy industry.
For more information, please contact GHP Staff Liaison Lisa Guaqueta at 713-844-3629 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Earth EcoBot Challenge
All Earth EcoBot Challenge is a highly engaging engineering competition for 5th-8th graders using robots (which they learn to build, customize and program), in which 4-person student teams apply school-day learning to solve practical, real-world problems on how STEM subjects tie to real-world usefulness & applicability. The program is an innovative workforce development initiative based in elementary & middle schools, inculcating vocational and career-based awareness, sparking computer science curiosity in ways which can advantage young learners forever if brought into focus with them at this age. Teams richly experience the usefulness & applicability of school-day learning in relationship to the real-world of labor and how machines, technology, computer science, math and physics come together to make most things happen. And, as importantly, they learn how to function together as a unit, as a team.
All Earth EcoBot Challenge is coordinated by the Education Foundation of Harris County (EFHC), which supports efforts to jump-start engineering societies and robotics clubs in elementary schools, trains 5-8th grade teachers in programming, hosts supportive webinars for teachers and/or team coaches, posts training videos, publishes instructional manuals and sponsors volunteer development workshops preparing volunteers from corporations to be Judges on EcoBot Challenge Days. EFHC provides overall coordination, planning and operational systems throughout the year supporting multiple Challenge Days and an Invitational Bot-Off for winners of the multiple Challenge Days.
In 2013, the EcoBot Challenge will be in its fifth year. In 2009, there were 216 students on 54 teams competing for the top Awards. The next years’ saw four and five times those numbers. Last year, for example, registration closed after 1.5 days to control for numbers of participants.
Founded by concerned business owners in Harris County, the Challenge has engaged thousands of students in working with complex technology, computer programming, problem-solving, critical thinking, and working in teams with a variety of people. It provides experiences and fosters skills that can be polished throughout a lifetime, which are needed to be competitive & successful in an increasingly technological, global workforce.
For more information please visit www.ecobotchallenge.com. Please also contact Doug Kleiner, EFHC President/CEO, at 713/696-8290 for a 15-minute demonstration at your corporate HQ.
CSTEM (Communication, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) supports the engagement of Pre K through 12th grade students in hands-on, project-based learning experiences that expose them to college and workforce prospects in related areas. Since 2002, CSTEM has worked to empower and engage students in STEM and prepare them for challenging, collaborative work environments. CSTEM provides leadership opportunities, college and workforce guidance, and an environment that supports competition and rewards greatness. More importantly, CSTEM exposes children to a world that is completely different from many of their current realities. Over 80% of CSTEM students are underserved and underrepresented and belong to a population that represents the lowest performing group nationally in math and science.
CSTEM’s goal is to enrich curriculum and instruction through integrated STEM learning by providing students with applied learning experiences that encourage innovation and creativity to solve real-world problems.
CSTEM enrichment programs have impacted more than 50,000 students and teachers, reaching more than 300 Pre K – 12 schools in the Greater Houston community. Student data collected from 2012 participants in the CSTEM challenge report that female participation increased from 44% to 49%; ethnic minority participation is up from 81% to 87%; 61% of students indicate that they want a job in a math field; 73% of students want a job in a computer field; 57% indicate that they want a job in a robotics field; 46% want to become a scientist; and 51% want to become an engineer.
For more information please visit www.cstem.org
EnergyVenture, a summer camp for middle and high school students is focused on the energy industry and the career opportunities in the field. EnergyVenture summer camp blends hands-on activities and STEM education to introduce students to the region’s ever changing energy industry.
The goal of the program is to get young people interested in the energy field. The program is designed for young people to learn while having fun. They perform lab experiments, win prizes for “best in class” team efforts, take a “behind the scenes” tour of an energy-related production facility and hear from guest speakers currently working in the field. The likelihood of these individuals staying in the Gulf Coast region to meet the future employment demands due to growth in the industry and retirement of current workers is greater if they know they have good employment choices in the region.
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For more information please visit www.energyventurecamp.org
GeoFORCE Texas is an outreach program of the Jackson School of Geosciences at University of Texas at Austin. GeoFORCE seeks to engage the next generation of scientists and engineers by targeting students in the 8th grade in minority serving junior high schools, and mentoring them through high school and into college. At the heart of the program are spectacular summer field trips which take students all over the country to study geology in the field, where it is most accessible, relevant, and interesting. Each cohort of 40 high school students travels with a coordinator, a PhD scientist as instructor, a high school teacher, and six college-student counselors. The geologic content builds over the 4-years, so that the students emerge with a strong basis in physical geology. In addition, GeoFORCE offers SAT prep classes for high school juniors, and college admission and financial aid workshops for college seniors. A fall field trip in their senior year focuses on energy careers with visits to Houston area corporations. College students are a growing part of the GeoFORCE program and GeoFORCE is developing both scholarship and internship programs to aid these students. GeoFORCE is a public/private partnership with substantial commitment from the Jackson School, private corporations, foundations, state and federal agencies, and individuals.
The overarching goal of GeoFORCE is to increase the number and diversity of students pursuing STEM degree programs in college and entering the high tech workforce. To achieve this goal GeoFORCE targets bright students in high-need areas, engages them at a young age, keeps them coming back every year, provides them with the tools they need to succeed, and surrounds them with peer and adult mentors who have traveled this path. GeoFORCE began in 2005 in an 11-county rural area in SW Texas; the area encompasses 18 school districts, the largest of which are Eagle Pass, Del Rio, and Uvalde. GeoFORCE expanded to inner city Houston in 2008, in partnership with the Houston Independent School District.
As of fall 2012, GeoFORCE Texas has enrolled over 1000 kids. Eighty–three percent of these are minorities. Most will be the first in their family to attend college. They come from schools and neighborhoods in which about 75% of the students are considered economically disadvantaged, and less than 25% of the adult population has a college degree. There are 80 students at each grade level in both Houston and SW Texas, totaling 640 high school students in the program. An additional 160 are added each year. There are 434 GeoFORCE graduates. All of them (100%) have graduated from high school; 97% went directly to college, and 95% are still in college. The eldest are in their 4th year of college in 2012-13; two-thirds of GeoFORCE graduates are STEM majors, including 23% who are majoring in either geosciences or engineering.
For more information please visit www.jsg.utexas.edu/geoforce
Houston: Energy City of the Future
The Energy City of the Future Competition provides Houston-area middle and high school students with an opportunity to explore Houston and its energy industry. As participants in this competition, students spend one semester working in four-person teams to learn about Houston and to design plans for the city’s energy use in the year 2050. Over the course of the program, participants tour the city, attend energy-related educational events, and meet with energy-industry representatives. Students also create scale models of Houston in the year 2050, devise marketing campaigns explaining how energy will be vital to that future city, and defend their plans before a panel of judges from across Houston. The project is coordinated by the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment –CASE-, a division of Harris County Department of Education.
In the Houston: Energy City of the Future 2050 competition on May 21, 2010, students demonstrated their models and made formal presentations describing their ideas at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center at the University of Houston main campus. The competition was coordinated by CASE, with sponsorship from Shell, and support from the Education Foundation of Harris County, University of Houston, and the Greater Houston Partnership.
A total of 244 students participated in the curriculum, and 103 students attended the culminating event. Students completed surveys about their experience with the project and the competition. The majority of students were boys (60.9%), and the highest percentage of students (45.1%) was in the eighth grade. Since a primary focus of the Energy City project is to develop students’ interest in energy careers, the survey assessed change in student interest in pursuing the energy field. Of the students who were interested in energy careers before Energy City, 94.8% maintained their interest after the project, and 40.0% changed their minds after the project, and 44.4% of students changed their minds and are now planning to major in engineering or a related field in college after Energy City. The project also provided the opportunity for the majority of students (73.4%) to meet energy professionals, and to learn more about careers, especially engineering and the energy/oil and gas industry. In qualitative questions, students reported that the best part of the day was presenting their models to judges and spectators.
International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad: I-SWEEEP
I-SWEEEP promotes engineering inventions and energy efficiency/management discoveries, which will nurture environmentally-friendly technology concepts in secondary education. I-SWEEEP gives secondary-school students the opportunity to position themselves to be the pre-imminent scientists and engineers of the future. It will be these individuals who have a greater understanding of global issues and the importance of technology in achieving global sustainability that will be at the forefront of environmental research and development.
Our goal is to spark interest and awareness in our planet’s sustainability challenges. We would like to help young people grasp the extent of these issues and find workable solutions to these challenges which will accelerate the progress toward a sustainable world by engaging youth at an early age.
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For more information please visit www.isweeep.org
May 23, 2012
GHP Board Room
The Energy Collaborative Workforce Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership and Engineers to Energy invite you to the Energy Industry Workforce Benchmarking Conclave. The Conclave will serve as a space to discuss ongoing and potential new activities that will help solve the personnel shortages and workforce development needs faced by the energy industry. Industry representatives will explore current activities; benchmark and share best practices and discuss ways to work collectively as an industry.
Speakers and Panelists:
Area Director, North & South America
Schlumberger Business Consulting
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Director, Organizational Effectiveness
The Dow Chemical Company
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Manager, Global Technical Training & Knowledge Management
Chevron Energy Technology Company
Lead, Workforce Development Initiative
Shell Oil Company
Dr. Ray Cline
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
College of Technology
University of Houston
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