The Shell STEM showdown, held on the campus of the University of New Orleans, gave students from five Louisiana schools the chance to dream big about careers in energy.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, all key areas of study for future workers. The Shell STEM Showdown challenged students to work together in small groups, under the leadership of College Captains who are studying science careers at LSU, Tulane, and the University of New Orleans.
Students from Eleanor McMain High School, Hammond High Magnet School, McDonogh 35 College Preparatory, Scotlandville Magnet High School and St. Joseph’s Academy built a working model crane from PVC, then used math skills to send a programmable robot through a complex maze.
During each competition, students learned the value of working together to solve complex problems. The College Captains learned project management skills, something they will soon use working in science.
St. Joseph’s Academy was the top winner and was awarded a $3,500 grant from Shell to develop or enhance a STEM Club. Runner up Hammond High Magnet School received a $1,500 grant to do the same. These clubs are another way Shell is supporting its commitment to education and the community.
A special session held for teachers and parents gave insights into STEM education and available careers. Teachers learned new ways to make science interesting, and parents learned how to support and encourage students to study STEM careers.
Students and parents enjoyed interacting with Shell volunteers and with special guest speakers Christina Guillory, Operational Safety Manager, Deep Water Gulf of Mexico and Deandre Reagins, Drilling Supervisor with Shell Exploration & Production Company (SEPCO).
Hosted in partnership with Great Minds in STEM, a non-profit dedicated to promoting STEM education, the program is just one of several educational programs sponsored by Shell.
Visit the Energize Your Future with Shell [hyperlink] section to learn about STEM education and download free teacher education resources.