Shell Launches Website to Educate Students
About Energy, Encourage Study in Math and Science
To encourage middle and high school students' interest
in math and science, while introducing them to the world
of energy, Shell Oil Company is launching a new educational
Your Future with Shell."
In the energy industry, there is an anticipated shortage
of technical workers due to the pending retirement of
the baby boomers and the declining number of students
pursuing technical careers. As part of a Workforce Development
Initiative to increase the number of individuals in
engineering, the geosciences and process technology,
Shell created this online tool for teachers and students.
"Encouraging students in middle and high school
to study math and science is critical to the future
of the energy industry," said John Hofmeister,
President of Shell Oil Company. "Developing these
skills early will help prepare students for a future
career in a technology-driven industry. For Shell, this
website is an investment in our future."
"Energizing Your Future" offers teachers interactive
classroom activities, reproducible worksheets, lesson
ideas and links to other energy-related resources. For
students, there are games, quizzes, puzzles and mini-movies
along with information about energy careers.
"This interactive website, along with the classroom
lessons, is designed to develop students' interests
in engineering, geosciences and process technology and
to introduce them to the many facets of our business,"
added Hofmeister. "Shell hopes this will eventually
lead them to a career in the energy industry."
The web site was developed in partnership with Weekly
Reader, a developer of educational products for schools
nationwide. External teacher panels approved the curriculum,
which is aligned with the National Science Education
Standards. All the material on "Energizing Your
Future" is free to download. In addition, Shell
will send a printed program to more than 6,000 educators
throughout the U.S. in October. This includes a poster
on energy sources, with six activity panels to use in
Looking towards the future, the educational website
also focuses on alternative energy sources in the section
"Tomorrow's Energy, Here Today," which teaches
students that the future of energy will be diverse,
including conventional oil and gas as well as unconventional
oil and gas and renewable sources that could include
wind, solar or hydrogen.