Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development
Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development (SEED) is an educational program focusing on communities where Schlumberger people live and work. Through SEED, Schlumberger engages employees, educators, retirees, and volunteers around the world to share their passion for learning and science with students. As a hands-on program that relies on the scientific and technological expertise of our employee volunteers, SEED focuses on STEM topics through camps, teacher professional development, workshops, and classroom visits. The SEED educational program is also focused on robotics, computer science, and energy education.
SEED sponsors workshops and clubs that introduce computer-based programming and coding to students as early as the second grade with an MIT-based platform called SCRATCH. To encourage more students to take an interest in computer science, we also donate resources related to our Petrel* E&P software platform to high schools and universities around the world. Schlumberger has partnered with Code.org, Microsoft TEALS, the Computer Science Teacher Association, and local educational systems to support the professional development of teachers in computer science education.
SEED sponsors schools through a variety of learning opportunities, such as an introduction to robotics, construction of robots, programming via RobotC, and competitive challenges. For example, during some competitions, teams of students compete against each other to build a robot, and in the Schlumberger-sponsored robotics clubs, students learn about robotic programming. Students also learn about Schlumberger Robotics Services, which is building an ocean sensor network intended to help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges and gain valuable insights into the marine environment.
We have formed partnerships with the American Geosciences Institute, Society of Petroleum Engineers, National Energy Education Development, and the Offshore Energy Center to develop workshops and educational programs that help students and teachers understand the highly technical skillset needed to work in the energy industry. We have also partnered with the Independent Petroleum Association of America to provide externships designed to introduce high school students to the energy industry.
STEM Workshops by the Numbers
PetroChallenge is a series of educational events held at universities and secondary schools that was designed to enhance students’ knowledge about the oil and gas industry and develop their interest in pursuing educational and professional careers in the industry. PetroChallenge uses the OilSim* upstream learning simulator. Teams collaborate and compete against each other to discover and develop hydrocarbons. The OilSim simulator is also used by the industry to train professionals in technical and non-technical disciplines, such as geology, geophysics, project management, strategy, decision making and teamwork.
Texans Stats Challenge
The Houston Texans professional football team and Schlumberger have partnered to create Stats Challenge, a fun program that gives grade six students an opportunity to learn math through the game of football. The Stats Challenge curriculum corresponds to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standard and strives to make math exciting by including classroom activities on ratios, rational numbers, and percentages. Since 2015, the program has helped more than 50,000 students in 450 classrooms in Houston and other cities in Texas.
The Houston Astros professional baseball team maintains a Community Leaders program that is renovating baseball and softball fields over a five-year period for Houston-area children through a USD 18 million investment in city-owned public parks. The renovations and additional safety features are funded by corporate involvement in the Community Leaders program at no cost to taxpayers. To date, 20 fields in eight parks have been renovated and additional refurbishments are under way. The program includes year-round field maintenance and currently serves more than 1,200 children. As a corporate member, Schlumberger contributes financially to the Community Leaders program.
Science Project Challenge in Nigeria
SEED and the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) collaborated on a science project challenge designed to give educators and students opportunities to explore STEM subjects through practical problem-solving activities. Schools in Nigeria are assigned a mentor by the NAS to help apply their knowledge of engineering principles and participants compete at an annual exposition where the best projects are recognized.
Robotics Workshop in Ecuador
In Nuevo Rocafuerte, Ecuador, there was a STEM workshop for 90 students aged six to 16 years. Schlumberger volunteers introduced the students to a variety of engineering topics and facilitated a robotics workshop. The experience also enabled the students to learn more about potential careers in engineering and science.
SEED Workshop in Curaçao
In Curaçao, Schlumberger hosted a SEED workshop for elementary students. The students learned about careers in science and technology and different forms of energy through workshops on electronic circuit, electro-magnetism, and wind power. The event also focused on injury prevention, providing students with tips on how to be safe during outdoor activities.
First SEED Workshop in Libya
Schlumberger employees in Tripoli, Libya, conducted the first SEED workshop for 15 students aged eight to 14 years. During the workshop, which focused on Fruit Power, students learned about electricity, the principles and operation of batteries, and how to make a battery out of fruit. To further the students’ understanding of electrical engineering, employees also provided a lesson on electric circuits that explained the difference between series and parallel circuits.