How to get your kids in on energy’s action

The Houston Business Journal looks at Energy Day as a way to get your child involved in the next generation of the multi-billion dollar energy industry.

Want to get your kids excited about energy and the role they could have in the next generation of the multibillion-dollar industry? Then you might want to head on out to Hermann Square on Oct. 19 for the third-annual Energy Day Festival.

“It’s about looking at science and technology from an energy perspective and getting students in the greater Houston community excited about what really makes the city of tick,” said David Holt, president of the Consumer Energy Alliance.

The festivities, which began in 2011 as a Consumer Energy Alliance event with 12,000 in attendance, has grown to become an official City of Houston event. The University of Houston is also a key partner.

“Houston is the energy capitol of the world, but it’s more than oil and gas. There’s also biofuels, wind, solar, and energy efficiency,” Holt said. “We needed a way to showcase that for students — our future workforce — and get them excited about future job opportunities and interested in the sciences.”

Young energy innovators honored for their plan for Houston’s future

In the shadow of the sparkling towers that energy built, five young energy innovators are being honored for their plan for the future of Houston.

It is the vision of a group of ninth graders from the Village School for the Energy City of the Future in the year 2050, to be exact.

New technologies drive the plan which includes bigger buildings than ever in the city core and efficiencies all over the area.

Their winning vision was judged by today’s energy leaders and it is already impressing the city leaders of now.

”Amazing! Wonderful!” Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez told the young men.

Becoming the global hub for energy is something that takes time. Losing that status can happen very quickly without innovations like these.

Nicolas Vaporciyan is a part of the winning team. “The entire world is going forward at a pace and if we don’t keep up then we fall behind,” he said.

Experts know that it is youth that will drive that change.

Energy is the storyline for STEM outreach in Houston

E&E Energywire takes a look at Consumer Energy Alliance’s Energy Day Festival-

City officials this weekend hosted the third annual Energy Day, an official city event that was organized primarily by the Consumer Energy Alliance and the University of Houston, with assistance from oil and gas companies and their trade organizations and renewable energy trade organizations, among other collaborators.

Organizers are hopeful that they will soon begin to see an impact from an event that aims to secure a skilled workforce that will be essential to helping energy industries grow and thrive.

Organizers this year took pains to reach out to parents and teachers in a push to get as many children as possible from all grade levels to attend. About 20,000 people were expected to attend.

Exhibitors were instructed to make their displays and demonstrations scientific, as well as accessible and age-appropriate, with the hosts hopeful that participating companies and institutions would find clever ways to create a lasting impression on young attendees.

David Holt, president of the Consumer Energy Alliance, said the event is aiming to nudge Houston-area students toward science technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Oil and gas firms, utilities and renewable energy companies all complain of a shortage of competent STEM-trained professionals in the United States, and industries see the problem becoming worse in the future.

Holt said this weekend’s Energy Day was about demonstrating as clearly as possible to youths how the science and engineering behind energy matter to the real world.

“It’s kind of a hands-on demonstration of what energy means to them in their daily life,” Holt said in an interview. “We encourage all our exhibitors and demonstrations to be very tactile, to give the kids something they can climb on and touch and feel.”

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2013 John Kingsley Kerver Educator Award

The 2013 John Kingsley Kerver Educator Award is presented to to Cheryl Willis with W.S. HOlland Middle School.  Ms. Willis teaches Robotics & Science to 6th, 7th & 8th graders.

Energy Day Art, Essay & Media Contest

Energy Day Art, Essay & Media Contest sponsored by Consumer Energy Alliance, Houston Geological Society and Houston Museum of Natural Science, Weiss Energy, Hall’s Energy & Conservation Club.

Art Contest

  1. Sophia Villarreal, 4th Grade, St. MIchaels Catholic School.  Teacher: Susie West
  2. Dina Owers, 5th Grade, Harvard Elementary School.  Teacher: Barbara Smith
  3. Alexis Morgan, 5th Grade, Harvard Elementary School.  Teacher: Barbara Smith

Essay Contest

  1. James Morgan, 7th Grade, St Rose of Lima Catholic School.  Teacher: Naomi Fitzgerald.
  2. Abby Lobue, 6th Grade, New Caney 6th Grade Campus.  Teacher: Jennifer Reyes
  3. Jordan Obenhaus, 6th Grade, New Caney 6th Grade Campus.  Teacher: Jennifer Reyes

Media Contest

  1. Elizabeth Hannsz, 6th Grade, New Caney 6th Grade Campus.  Teacher: Jennifer Reyes.
  2. Deslynn Vasquez, 6th Grade, New Caney 6th Grade Campus.  Teacher: Jennifer Reyes.
  3. Adrian Rojas, 6th Grade, New Caney 6th Grade Campus. Teacher: Jennifer Reyes

25th Annual Young Inventors’ Showcase sponsored by IPAA

Grandprize Winner

Lara Manega

Kindergarten Division

  1. Quinn Mickle
  2. Anna Singh
  3. Justin Mathew

1st Grade Division

  1. Mallory Dwyer
  2. Marisa Carrion
  3. Jayren Patterson

2nd Grade Division

  1. Aashvi Raunia and Sophiya Sami
  2. Sydney Mathew and Mayuri Srivaths
  3. Sarah Walla

3rd Grade Division

  1. Aria Rideaux
  2. Elise Singletary
  3. Jay Vaghela

4th Grade Division

  1. Nathan Biggart
  2. Kate Meador
  3. Delaney Costa

5th Grade Division

  1. Nikita Singh
  2. Jamari Bowers
  3. Heather Welsch

6th Grade Division

  1. Madison Nedderman
  2. Bruce White
  3. Ethan Cooper

7th & 8th Grade Division

  1. Zakary Kwiatkowski
  2. Alex Sledzik
  3. Amanda Vandenbossche