DENVER, CO – Gathered in front of East High School in Denver, children, parents, teachers and families joined Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), the Consumer Energy Education Foundation (CEEF), and over 65 organizations from across Colorado at the second annual Energy Day Festival, a STEM and energy education event showcasing interactive exhibits and hands-on experiments. With so many types of organizations participating to encourage educating children on a very important subject for our state, Governor Hickenlooper, through the Colorado Energy Office, proclaimed Saturday, September 22nd as Energy Day in Colorado.
Attendees also included the first ever, off-season FIRST Robotics competition with over 300 kids on 17 teams that came in from across Colorado and Wyoming to showcase their robots. The FIRST program aims to ‘inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs’.
With over 45 interactive exhibits from a wide range of energy organizations – ranging from education and research to renewables and utilities, as well as oil and gas – that came out to showcase various types of energy production, technology, and efficiencies used across the energy industry.
Between traditional and renewable sources, the energy industry will need to fill hundreds of thousands of jobs. Which is why teachers, school districts and educators are teaming up with energy companies to create programs to get kids excited about STEM careers early.
More than just promoting interest in energy and STEM education, Energy Day recognized students in various science competitions from around the state giving away more than $6000 in scholarships for their achievements. In addition to the day’s exhibitors and awards ceremony, guests were treated to food from local food truck vendors and free water from Denver Water.
Following the day’s festivities, CEA Chief Operating Officer, and local Colorado resident, Andrew Browning said:
“From solar and wind applications, to oil and gas development, energy labs and Colorado universities, Energy Day Colorado 2018 was a huge success and did a great job highlighting the importance, diversity and impact of the Colorado energy industry.”
Browning also added: “These exhibitors really went the extra mile to ensure kids and their families had fun. All of the exhibits demonstrated how technology and efficiencies have helped lead these industries forward. From the technologies that help these companies operate to schools who presented fun ways to understand robotics and physics – these organizations also helped teach participants about fun ways to conserve and be more energy efficient through quizzes and displays. With how focused Coloradoans are on STEM education and our future, it is no doubt that this will be an event our community can stand behind.”
Some of this year’s sponsors dedicated to STEM education and energy included, Anadarko, PDC Energy, S&P Global, Noble Energy, Xcel Energy, Risas Dental and Braces, Whiting Petroleum, SM Energy.
To view photos from this year’s Energy Day Colorado or to receive more information about how to participate in next year’s Energy Day, please click here.
About Consumer Energy Alliance
Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) brings together families, farmers, small businesses, distributors, producers and manufacturers to support America’s energy future. With more than 450,000 members nationwide, our mission is to help ensure stable prices and energy security for households across the country. We believe energy development is something that touches everyone in our nation, and thus it is necessary for all of us to actively engage in the conversation about how we develop our diverse energy resources and energy’s importance to the economy. Learn more at ConsumerEnergyAlliance.org.