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Educational outreach

Supporting school-age students, teachers, and PhD and postdoctoral women researchers, with an emphasis on STEM subjects

Schlumberger Employees from Around the World
Schlumberger Employees from Around the World

Our educational outreach programs are fully aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 of ensuring quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. We offer learning opportunities for schoolchildren, help students understand and adopt HSE-related standards, and fund women from developing and emerging economies to pursue advanced graduate study in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects at top universities worldwide.

Two schoolgirls in Southeast Asia.
Group of primary school students with a robotic toy vehicle.

Health, safety, and environment (HSE) for youth

Schlumberger is committed to promoting HSE learning among children and passing on our HSE leadership and experience to the next generation of Schlumberger families, customers, and communities. Since 2009, our employees have shared their expertise through our HSE for Youth programs, training sessions, and modules covering first aid, Internet safety, injury prevention, climate change, water sanitation, road safety, personal security, and prevention of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and COVID-19. We aim to inform and empower young people to make responsible and safer decisions regarding HSE issues.

Faculty for the Future

Since the program’s launch in 2004, 807 women from 86 countries have received Faculty for the Future fellowships to pursue PhD and postdoctoral STEM research programs at 281 universities and research institutions worldwide. In 2021, the Schlumberger Foundation renewed 55 fellowships and awarded 31 new ones.

Female scientist working with titer trays and pipette in a lab.
SEED Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development

The SEED Program

Founded in 1998, the Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development (SEED) program encompasses a range of STEM-related activities, including school workshops, professional development for STEM teachers, coding clubs, competitions, facility tours, and enabling classroom connectivity. Together with local educators, Schlumberger volunteers around the world share their passion for learning and science with young people, encouraging them to learn more about STEM subjects through inquiry-based learning and hands-on science experiments.

Our theory of change

This theory articulates how STEM activities are expected to ignite change in young people and their communities. It establishes goals for operationalizing SEED programs:

  • Learning by doing: Deliver active, inquiry-based learning, structured around local problems to enable social change through innovation and action.
  • Transformation: Use STEM activities to build the capacity of local educators, young people, and communities.
  • Involvement: Lead from below and rely on the passion and expertise of our employee volunteers to drive programs.
  • Relevance: Establish partnerships to provide insights into local needs, resources, and systems to further support efforts.
Enhancing STEM Learning Opportunities
Director of Social Sustainability Nick Abrahams discusses how Schlumberger is contributing to the social development of communities through the active educational advancement of young people.
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Schlumberger teams are igniting a passion for learning around the globe

Volunteers in Nigeria for the Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development (SEED) program.
Child's hands connecting wires to an LED for an electrical experiment.
Employees established a book reading project, visiting two local schools to inspire a love of literature and a passion for STEM learning. Over 120 children participated in the event.
Employees ran a series of workshops to help raise awareness about climate change and help prepare students for transitioning back to school after the COVID-19 lockdown.
Employees hosted an online session with engineering students, technical high school students, and their teachers to discuss career opportunities for women in industry.
Employees sponsored teams of students from Tabasco and Campeche to participate in national and international robotics tournaments.
At the Ocean Star Oilfield Energy Center Career Fair, employees gave presentations about their careers to high school students and provided advice on how to pursue STEM career ambitions.