Sophomores in the IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy at Southwest High School toured the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in March.  Our academy students visit included a tour through the UTA’s Engineering Building. They saw firsthand how the department stands out with a 3D printer and...

On February 21st, 120 students from the Energy Institute High School in Houston visited the Bureau of Economic Geology, an opportunity that was made possible by the Houston Geological Society. Students had the unique opportunity to view whole core cuttings, rock samples, and speak with geologists concerning career...

In February, hundreds gathered for the 23rd annual Wildcatters' Ball. Over the past two decades, attendees' participation has raised more than $10 million for the IPAA Educational Foundation. Pop art and culture created the high energy and colorful ambiance for the evening. The event's silent auction was hosted...

The Southwest High School freshmen academy students visited the Perot Museum in February thanks to the sponsorship of the IPAA/PESA Education Center. Fascinating exhibits in the Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall and in the Tom Hunt Energy Hall gripped the students’ attention, providing exciting...

The IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center hosted its bi-annual Education Advisory Board meeting in February. Over 50 board members and special guests heard about the program’s key components, student participation updates, summer camps, Tech Challenge hosted by the University of Houston, the Center’s first large-scale Oil & Gas Career Conference for 650 students, along with Shell STEM, PetroChallenge & Southwest High School’s Speaking Competitions. Attendees...

PetroChallenge is a hands-on, educational competition that utilizes technology to teach our academy students about the upstream process. The online simulation challenges the students to prospect, bid for licenses, negotiate with other teams and select providers in order to drill on their lease. Students from...

The IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy at Southwest High School participated in its annual public speaking competition in January. The public speaking topics were all related to global concerns throughout the petroleum industry. The competition was fierce, with guest judges from the petroleum industry deciding the winners....

For 30 years, The Posse Foundation has identified, recruited and trained young people from diverse backgrounds with extraordinary potential who might otherwise be missed by elite schools. The program places scholars in supportive, multicultural groups of 10 students - Posses. With mentoring and full-tuition leadership...

The IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy students participated in the annual Southwest High School Angel Tree by adopting a kindergarten student from their elementary feeder school. The academy students held a very festive Christmas party where the student received presents from the academy students including clothes, a...