Energy Industry Recruits Elementary Students

The energy industry is reaching out to Houston school children. The Offshore Energy Center has a pilot program to bring mobile learning units into classrooms. The exhibit is designed to teach kids about math and science as they related to the energy sector. Houston Public Radio’s Laurie Johnson reports.


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The Mobile Offshore Learning Units are a $1.2 million traveling exhibit.
They’re interactive with hands-on activities geared toward fifth-graders.

Amber Meuth runs the program for the Offshore Energy Center.
She says they’re hoping to get more kids interested in math and science.

“We’re hoping they they get some kind of hands-on experience with some of the curriculum that they learn in the fifth-grade. The sedimentation, porosity, viscosity, different things that they already learn.”

Arlinda Rexho and Ngoc Le are both fifth-graders at Ed White Elementary in
Southwest Houston.
The energy exhibit is set up in a hallway in their school.
They spent the morning exploring the various modules.

“We’ve been learning about oils and the robotics arm and stuff and like how they move and the wheels.”

[Reporter]”What’s been, I guess, the most interesting part?”

“The robotic arm. Yeah, the robotics. Because it’s like tools that are fun to use and to control it and to tell them how and what to move.”

You could hear the girls get more excited as they talked about the different elements
of the exhibit.

Since the energy sector drives Houston’s economy, it’s no wonder this mobile
education exhibit is funded by members of the industry.

Devon Energy, Dominion Exploration, ExxonMobil, Halliburton, Marathon Oil,
and Schlumberger all fund the pilot program.
The non-profit Offshore Energy Center is looking for more sponsors to continue
the mobile exhibit in the next school year.

Laurie Johnson. Houston Public Radio News.

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Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson

Executive Producer for News

Laurie Johnson leads daily news coverage for HPM. She helps reporters craft and sharpen their stories on tight deadlines, with the aim of getting the most relevant and current information into local newscasts. Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. She is...

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