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Energy Institute High School Students visit SPE/ICoTA Well Intervention Conference in The Woodlands

For the first time in the long history of the ICoTA annual conference in Houston, the US Chapter suggested inviting high school students from the Energy Institute High School in Houston to visit the exhibit floor.

Student Visit

SPE was in full agreement and their efforts ensured a smooth and seamless visit. The students were split into groups of four and were chaperoned by ICoTA USA Chapter board members; John Martin, Ron Clarke, Rod Shampine & Brian Normoyle of the USA Chapter . Most students were impressed and surprised by the large scale of our industry and of course had many questions about bending steel coiled tubing and how that was achieved.

To their eternal credit, all of the exhibitors approached by SPE to permit a visit were fully on board with the concept of introducing our industry to its potential future cadre of engineers of various types. Two exhibitor personnel in particular took extra time to answer questions about how they found and began their career in the Oil & Gas business.

The students were surprised to hear of the high level of enthusiasm from these fairly young professionals who enjoy both the excitement of a high level data driven future and the contrast of the hands on field work.

Student, Joseph Trevino to Ms. Moon on his visit

“I just want to thank for giving me the opportunity to go on the field trip to day because I had so much fun learning about the oil and gas industry. The field trip made me want to do petroleum engineering as my career. I wanted to thank you because that conference was really eye opening and I had a great time. Thank you for inviting me."

Jenna Moon, The Energy Institute

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for providing such a wonderful opportunity for our students to attend the conference yesterday!"

The Energy Institute is a unique magnet in HISD that teaches a STEM and energy focused curriculum using project based learning. In this system, groups of students work through a problem focusing on different aspects of it each of their classes, culminating in presentations to parents and industry representatives. https://www.houstonisd.org/energy.

We look forward to seeing more students in the coming years!