The Environmental Institute of Houston (EIH) / UH Clear Lake (UHCL) has partnered with the SPE-GCS to host the second annual 'Exploring Earth Science - A Summer Institute' ( The three primary goals of these summer development workshops for Houston-area 4th-8th grade science teachers are to: 1) Train/educate teachers in aspects of geology, earth science, environmental science, and energy content areas, 2) Provide participants with lessons/materials for classroom integration, and 3) Link workshop topics with student career considerations.

The SPE-GCS is currently requesting member participation in workshop activities on June 11 and July 23, 2008. Specifically, we are asking SPE members to participate as morning ‘Career Booth Custodians’, representing the following general disciplines (1-2 members needed per discipline):

·      Petroleum Geology
·      Geophysics
·      Drilling
·      Completions/Production Engineering
·      Projects/Facilities/Construction
·      Reservoir/Production Engineering
·      Safety/Environment
·      Land/Legal/Commercial

Additionally, we are requesting 4 members to provide thirty-minute afternoon presentations/demonstrations covering a subset of the following Alternative Energy topics/concepts:

·      Solar
·      Wind
·      Hydrogen
·      Nuclear
·      Geothermal
·      Hydroelectric
·      Biofuels
·      Energy Conservation

Additional description of volunteer activities/duties for both ‘Career Booth’ and ‘Alternative Energy Presentation’ segments are attached to this e-mail.

If you would like to participate (or know others who might), please forward me contact information and activity preference by COB May 21, 2008.

Thank you so much for your support - we hope this to be another fun and rewarding experience for teachers and volunteers alike!

Best Regards,

Rob Bruant

Chairperson – SPE-GCS Magic Suitcase Committee