2017 CSTEM Competition

This past weekend, Energy Day was busy. In Houston, we attended the CSTEM competition at the Health Museum. Congratulations to the CSTEM winners: Tekoa Charter School, Beatrice Mayes Elementary School, Southwest Middle School, Energy Institute High School, and Westside High School. Photos will be uploaded soon.

In addition to the awards, there were lots of robots and other STEM everywhere. Many students were enjoying the museum when they weren’t competing. It was fun to watch them explore and engage in STEM activities on their own.

NREL’s 27th Annual Car Competition

On Saturday, Energy Day Colorado attended the 27th Annual NREL Junior Solar Sprint and Lithion-Ion Battery Car Competition. It was a beautiful day in Denver as we awarded the winning teams for their hard work in STEM. Congratulations to Stargate School for winning the Solar Sprint and to the Manning Option School for winning the Li-Ion Battery portion. Keep up the good work, STEMmers!

2017 Science Engineering Fair Houston

We attended our first awards ceremony of the 2017 EDAP season, and it was one for the books. Look at how many young ladies were awarded for their achievements in STEM at this year’s SEFH! We are so proud to be a part of so many competitions that allow students to showcase their amazing abilities in these areas. These winners will be recognized again onstage at Energy Day Festival in October.

Grand Prize Winners
(look at all of the young ladies!)

Impact the Next Generation!

For the last ten or so years, we have been hearing a loud call from companies, economic development administrators, and workforce leaders regarding the need for skilled employees in STEM fields to feed the future of STEM industries and our communities. Energy Day Festival and EDAP have answered with an arsenal of tools and resources to support bright young minds and the adults helping to shape their future.

A thriving STEM workforce starts with exposure and engagement long before students prepare for college. This begins in multiple places:

  • In the elementary classroom, with passionate and empowered educators who have access to the necessary materials to teach STEM in an effective and FUN way
  • In businesses, with industry leaders actively working and volunteering their time, resources, and funds, while directly engaging in their communities
  • In homes, with parents who are equipped to provide opportunities for their children

We are all very important pieces in this STEM/Industry equation, and Energy Day is an excellent way for all of us to come together and make a significant impact. The 7th Annual Energy Day Festival is on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston, Texas from 11am-4pm.

More than 23,000 people attended Energy Day 2016. Energy Day provides a great opportunity to engage with the community and do all of the above-mentioned things. We hope you are able to participate and that you will help spread the word to colleagues, friends, and family. Check out the Energy Day story on Chron.com, and watch our video.

Paige Moore

Paige Moore graduated Valedictorian from Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy (YWCPA), an Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) school, in 2016, and she is currently attending Smith College in Massachusetts.

She was active in community service, science, and leadership oriented activities at Young Women’s. In the summer of 2016, she interned at Texas Children’s Hospital to research a vaccine. She is now an AEMES (Achieving Excellence in Mathematics, Engineering and Sciences) Scholar and will be conducting research with a faculty member at her new school, Smith College. Paige is optimistic and enthusiastic about starting her new journey.

Paige’s Academic Accomplishments:

  • Interned at Baylor College of Medicine to do research (2015-2016)
  • VEX Robotics (2012-2016)
  • Goodwill Industries of Houston Volunteer Work, helped homeless veterans (2012-2016)
  • EMERGE College Readiness Program (2012-2016)
  • Houston ISD District Science Fair (2013-2015)

Jeffrey (Jaewoo) Heo

Jeffrey (Jaewoo) Heo is currently (2016) a junior attending school at Seoul International School, South Korea. He moved from Korea to Singapore, where he lived for a year and attended an international school for the first time in 2nd grade. While living in Singapore became comfortable with the English language.

Although his parents both majored in non-science subjects, he was always fascinated by technological developments; inventions or discoveries that benefitted the well-being of mankind especially appealed to his interests. He is greatly motivated to find a way to replace fossil fuels with solar technology after he took the opportunity to study extensively on solar technology.

Academic Achievements:

Freshman, Sophomore Year High Honor Student

Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference (KAIAC) Science Olympiad Bronze Medalist for Chemistry (2015)

Korea Science and Engineering Fair (KSEF) 2nd Place for Engineering Category (2016)

Princeton University Physics Competition 2016 Honorable Mentions

Google Science Fair 2016 Regional Finalist

ISWEEEP 2016 Gold Medalist at Energy Category, Grand Award Winner at Energy Category

Uma Sethuraman

Uma Sethuraman is currently (2016) an 11th grade student at William P. Clements High School. In her 2016 Science Fair Project, Uma developed a new, innovative approach to the problem of school scheduling by creating a genetic algorithm to optimize school scheduling. For this project, Uma won the 1st place award for her category in both the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston and the Texas Science and Engineering Fair. She also won the Oracle Academy First Award in the Systems Software Category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Uma is the Vice President of the Girls in Computing Club at her high school and is an officer of the Computer Science Club at her school. She mentors students at the local middle school coding club in order to instill an interest for computer science in younger generations. In addition, Uma enjoys volunteering as a part of the Red Cross and Interact clubs at her school and is a member of her school’s Science, Math, and Spanish National Honor Societies. Uma has a strong passion for computer science and plans to pursue a career in computing in the future.

Uma’s academic accomplishments include the following:

  • National Runner-Up in the 2016 NCWIT (National Center for Women In Computing) Award for Aspirations in Computing Competition
  • Winner of the 2016 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing Texas: Houston Competition
  • Winner of the 2016 NCWIT Energy Day Award for Aspirations in Computing
  • 1st Place Award in the Computer Sciences Division at the 2016 Science and Engineering Fair of Houston
  • Grand Award for 1st Place in the Systems Software Division at the 2016 Texas Science and Engineering Fair
  • Winner of the 2016 Texas Science and Engineering Fair Intel ISEF Award à Mine was one of the 8 Texas Science and Engineering Fair projects chosen to move on to the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF)
  • Intel ISEF 2016 Finalist
  • Winner of the Intel ISEF 2016 Oracle Academy First Award of $5000 for Outstanding Project in the Systems Software Category
  • 2016 Semifinalist in the Technovation App Challenge Competition
  • Received Academic Excellence Award in middle school and high school
  • Vice President of the Clements High School Girls in Computing Club
  • Officer of the Clements High School Computer Science Club
  • Member of Clements Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Math National Honor Society
  • Member of Clements Red Cross and Clements Interact
  • Mentor/coordinator at the Fort Settlement Middle School Coding Club

Temitope Oye

Temitope Oye won an award for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing in 2016.

Temi has been interested in science, technology, and space since elementary school. She started looking further into her interest in computer science in 6th grade when she started learning HTML. Then she went beyond Computer Science into animation and attended a summer camp at MIT, which taught her about the 3D Animation software, Autodesk Maya.

In high school she enrolled in the computer science AP class in which she learned Java. Then in the summer of her sophomore year she took a summer program at University of Houston, which taught her how to program in C++. In the beginning of her junior year, she joined the computer science team, which competed with other schools in her district.

She was accepted into the NASA Aerospace Scholar program and is currently a member of the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars. In the summer of 2016, Temi teamed up with AspireIT and University of Houston to start a summer program to teach middle school girls how to build. Later she joined 19 others at a 7-week Girls Who Code summer immersion program at Google where she learned six new programming languages.

She is currently in her first year of college in Boston, Massachusetts at Northeastern University as a computer science major.

We need more women like Temi in tech, so share her story and spread the word.

Energy Day Featured in BSEE Article

Energy Day was featured in a US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) article.

By Bill Lee, BSEE Public Affairs Specialist

Where can one go on a non-school day and find: a robotics exhibition, a condensation experiment, a virtual reality demonstration, a controlled mini-tornado, a solar energy panel, and a mock oil drilling game, all in the same place? How about near downtown Houston, Texas?
Houston’s Sam Houston Park was buzzing, literally, on Saturday, October 15 as participants in the sixth annual Houston Energy Day enjoyed a wide array of informative exhibits, challenging games and interactive demonstrations involving science and technology. Students from local area schools, families and teachers alike delighted in visiting the nearly 70 various participating organizations and their exhibit booths. The participants got to solve mathematical equations, engage in scientific experiments, compete in stimulating games and challenges, and learn about new innovations in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). One activity from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) simulated drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
BSEE’s participation in Energy Day helps fulfills one of its public service and outreach goals within the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Youth Engagement Initiative. This program was introduced by President Obama and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to involve children in learning and play opportunities while also teaching them about service, the working world and future careers. To this end, BSEE’s exhibit allowed kids to have fun while learning about one of the fundamental energy industries in America – oil and gas and how it is found. This was a great opportunity for kids to gain knowledge of a potentially dangerous and risky endeavor, but in a safe controlled environment.
BSEE Public Affairs staffed the interactive display featuring its ever-popular tabletop “drilling for oil game” and allowed students and visitors to the booth to learn about the basic process of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Using common household items (cat litter, shoe polish), students were able to experience, albeit on a much smaller scale, how oil rigs explore for oil. The kids were asked to slowly “drill” down (using labeled sticks) into the “water” and if they came back up with “oil” on them, they won prizes. Of course, many of them declared themselves as millionaires! But candy, toys and school supplies would have to do.

Whose Bounces the Most Times?

Most STEM teachers know the importance of letting students explore, but usually it’s the students who struggle with “exploration”. We have created a a post with ideas, activities, and experiments geared toward exploration, and here is one of those, which can be done with relatively little prep:

one container (small bowl) per group full of the following:

  • pennies
  • washers
  • rubber bands
  • straws
  • styrofoam pieces
  • balloons (these will pop, so make sure each group has several)
  • paperclips
  • string
  • any other simple items you can think of

Put the students in groups of 3-5 and give each group a set of materials (above). Tell the students the object is for the group is to design something that will allow the balloon bounce more times than everyone else’s. (The trick here is that most of the students will start by blowing up the balloons, which they don’t have to do, but don’t specify either way. Just tell them they can use the materials in any way.)

Sit back and let them explore different ways to do this. You may want to incorporate some rules about not being able to answer any questions for the duration of their exploration. Encourage them to keep a journal and write down any questions that they have before trying to solve them as a group by experimenting. If their questions remain unanswered/unsolved at the end of the time period, you may either answer them yourself or encourage the students to do their own research at home.

If you like this STEM Challenge, check out others here.