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Anchorage Middle School Students to Become “ENERGY EINSTEINS”


ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Twenty five Central Middle School of Science
students will become the first "Energy Einsteins" on April 27th. Alaska Resource
Education in partnership with the Petroleum Club of Alaska, Baker-Hughes and Shell
Exploration and Production will "plant" a SEED (Student Energy Education Day) by
presenting a day-long program to explore the fundamentals of energy by using
Alaska Resource Education's standards-based K-12 curriculum.

"In less than a decade, many of these students will be teaching us about new and
more efficient ways of exploring for oil and gas. Additionally, it's our hope they
will continue to advance alternatives to hydrocarbon-based energy in a way that
reduces greenhouse gas emissions and our overall energy footprint on the planet.
For those reasons and more, it's important that we share with students a wider
view of how energy, in every form, impacts all of our lives," said Rick Fox, of
Shell Petroleum.

Among the topics covered during this first "Energy Einsteins" program, students
will learn about the fundamentals of oil and gas production through presentations
by Shell, and Baker Hughes, including hands-on activities with drill bits,
drilling muds and other components of the drilling process. They will also learn
about various career possibilities in the energy sector with an interview panel,
and will explore what middle and high school subjects are necessary to take
advantage of those possibilities. This program will continue to grow during the
2011 school year with other sponsors and energy topics such as Refinery 101,
Renewable Energy in Alaska and "What is the PFD?"

"Alaska Resource Education's mission is to provide students with the knowledge to
make informed decisions regarding Alaska's mineral, energy and forest resources,
while the Petroleum Club seeks to foster outreach," explained Eric Dompeling,
President of the Petroleum Club Board. "Teaming up to create 'Energy Einsteins' is
the beginning of a great project," continued Michelle Brunner, Executive Director
of Alaska Resource Education.

Alaska Resource Education is a non-profit organization in partnership with the
State of Alaska Department of Education and private industry dedicated to ensuring
Alaska's school age children learn about the role resources play in Alaska.

B-roll: Drilling presentations, students with drilling mud, 3D animations
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