On October 21st, a record-setting 30,000 people attended the 7th annual Energy Day Festival in Houston, Texas. The free event, hosted by Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) and the Consumer Energy Education Foundation (CEEF), focused on educating attendees about STEM opportunities in the Houston area through over 55 interactive exhibits, many of them featuring companies from Houston’s energy sector. This year, a particular focus was made on the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey on area schools, culminating in a $10,000 check being presented to Pasadena Independent School District.
STEMconnector member BP was on hand as an exhibitor, where 15 company employees engaged with students on STEM activities like putting a straw through a balloon and keeping it intact, making a cup disappear with acetone, and building catapults that can shoot free throws through a basketball hoop! Iris Cross, the Executive Director of the BP Foundation, Inc. thanked BP Energy Day volunteers for “teaching students the various uses of energy in our everyday lives and how STEM careers can be exciting and fun! It was truly a great day and exhilarating to see the students’ interests in the STEM demonstrations.”
Additionally, BP partnered with the Million Women Mentors-Texas booth at Energy Day, where MWM-TX built awareness around its programs along with the Texas Girls Collaborative Project and signed up mentors and mentees into the program!