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Blog / February 21, 2019

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...

Blog / February 15, 2019

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&...

Blog / February 13, 2019

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, provi...

Blog / February 11, 2019

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, th...

Blog / February 2, 2019

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. Stud...

Blog / January 25, 2019

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 deci...

Blog / January 3, 2019

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 an...

Blog / December 21, 2018

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 includin...

Blog / December 1, 2018

In December, IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy sophomores, juniors and seniors from Southwest High School traveled to Texas A&M for the annual Spark Conference which is an engineering design competition with a strict focus on inspiring students to explore the field of engineering. The students spent a...

Blog / November 2, 2018

In September, 120 high school students who participate in one of the five petroleum academies, supported by the IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center gathered at the University of Houston to compete in a nationally acclaimed Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competition. This event was g...