Houston Fuels STEM Students With Energy Day Festival

Now in its fifth year and as popular as ever, the Consumer Energy Alliance’s Energy Day will heat up Sam Houston Park Oct. 17.

There’s something for everybody, but the free event is aimed at enticing youngsters to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to fill critical industry jobs in the future.

In the five years of its operation, Energy Day organizers have managed to give award more than $80,000 to innovative teachers and students who are leading the way in teaching and learning. The Consumer Energy Alliance works throughout the year with local energy companies, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Independent School District, Harmony projects around town and others.

David Holt, president of Consumer Energy Alliance, told Rigzone he expects about 25,000 people to attend the event this year. And others parts of North America are taking notice, too. For the first time, similar Energy Day events are scheduled in Pittsburgh, Midland, Texas, and Salt Lake City.

“It’s a real testament to the community. There’s not a city on earth more focused on energy in all forms,” Holt said, explaining that Houston energy goes beyond oil and gas. It includes conservation, efficiency, power generation, power, solar, algae biofuels and other renewables.

“Energy touches our lives ever day in every single way, from the clothes we wear, to the cars we drive, the shampoo we use … the aspirin, shoes, carpet on our floors and wallpaper on the walls,” he said, adding, “And all of that is centered in Houston, Texas. Energy day is more than encouraging STEM. It’s a celebration of our city.”

Despite the lagging commodity prices, interest in the field is as strong as ever. Energy Day is one of the largest free festivals in Houston, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the Sam Houston Park. This year, the event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features live music, refreshments and showcases from more than 80 exhibitors.

An award-winning journalist, Deon has reported on energy, business and politics for almost 20 years. Email Deon at deon.daugherty@rigzone.com

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