K-12 Outreach 


The GSH Outreach Committee members participate in the following Houston area community events throughout the year.
  • School Career Day - presentations
  • School Career Fair - exhibit booth
  • HISD When I Grow Up Career Expo - Exhibit Booth
  • School Science Nights - Exhibit Booth
  • School – classroom presentations with or without hands-on activities
  • School Science Fair – judges
  • Science & Engineering Fair of Houston – special awards judges
  • Earth Science Week – Earth Science Celebration at Houston Museum of Natural Science – hands-on activity booth
  • CEA Energy Day - hands-on activity booth
  • Sally Ride Science Festival - hands-on activity booth
  • AAUW Expanding Your Horizons in Science & Mathematics - Classroom hands-on activity workshops for middle school girls
  • Scout Fair - Hands-on activity exhibit booth
  • HCC STEM Education Fair (Alief Campus) - Hands-on activity exhibit booth and classroom presentation
  • Energy Venture Camp - Classroom career presentation at San Jacinto College STEM summer camp for students ages 12-15
  • Girls Interested in Real Life Science (G.I.R.L.S.) - Classroom presentation and hands-on activity for girls in grades 3-5
  • Offshore Technology Conference Education Institute - Provide career materials for 200 teachers attending workshop and 200 high school students
  • Maps in Schools Project – partners with the Houston Geological Society (HGS) to present and donate USGS maps to schools
Educators - You will find some great Earth Science resources from the Center for Geoscience & Society, a service of the American Geosciences Institute. For more information go to http://geocntr.org/ 

For all other questions regarding our Outreach program, please contact Lisa Buckner (lbuckner@hess.com) if you are a GSH member interested in volunteering or an educator interested in inviting us to visit your school or event.

We are currently looking for volunteers:


There are always opportunities to volunteer at community events through the GSH. To see the list of upcoming events please click here, or go to our Outreach page.

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**GSH asks you to assist your local high school

Are you interested in supporting your local high school in science and math?  If you are, then the GSH is joining the Society of Petroleum Engineers-Gulf Coast Section (SPE-GCS)-lead program that will meet your aspirations!

Over the past couple of years, the SPE-GCS, with leadership from Dick Murphy (SPE-GCS member and retired Marathon Oil Company engineer), have created a successful science in-class tutoring program at nine high schools in Fort Bend ISD, Katy ISD, and Houston ISD.  More than 20 volunteers give a few hours a week to a few days a week, mentoring and tutoring high school students in physics, chemistry, biology, math, or engineering.  These tutors work closely with the teachers, helping to explain the concepts to the students and giving them more individual attention. We recognize the oil and gas industry has many experts who have flexible daytime hours (retirees, unemployed, self-employed, part-time workers, college students, etc.) and who might find this a rewarding opportunity. All of the volunteers have found the experience personally very rewarding. 

The SPE-GCS are seeking to expand this program to more high schools in the three school districts noted above and to the new districts of Aldine ISD and Alief ISD.  We need volunteer tutors for Fall 2016 who are willing to commit to a minimum of one half of one day per week helping in the classroom.  Our experience shows that the day does not have to be the same day every week. However, the commitment helps ensure continuity of effort, gaining the trust of the teachers, administration, and students and keeping the tutoring program viable.  The commitment does not preclude taking your vacations, as you are a volunteer. Show your interest by sending Dick Murphy (stancal@windstream.net ) an email. This opportunity is open to anyone with science, engineering, and technology backgrounds. Feel free to share this invitation with others who might be interested. You are not required to live in these school districts in order to volunteer within them. If you find this opportunity interesting, but would rather volunteer at a high school in another school district, please drop him an email so he can gauge the interest of expanding the program elsewhere.

If you are interested in additional information on this, please see the video at the following YouTube link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgPQixg85Nk  
It is of Dick Murphy being interviewed by Mark LaCour (SPE member) regarding the FBISD STEM efforts.  If the link does not get you to the video, paste it into a Google search box and you will get to the correct video.

The GSH fully supports this effort and hopes that some of its members will sign up to volunteer!