UH Energy, the University of Houston’s energy initiative, will lead students, researchers and organizations from across campus in activities designed to teach families about the city’s largest industry and encourage children to enter science and technical fields during this weekend’s annual Energy Day Festival.
Look for demonstrations on renewable energy and the smart grid, along with solar cells and a fuel-cell powered car, among other things.
The 4th annual Energy Day Festival, sponsored by the Consumer Energy Alliance and set for Saturday (Oct. 18) at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby St. in downtown Houston, is designed to be entertaining but also to encourage more students to enter the STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – fields. A recent report by Manpower, an international staffing company, predicted that the number of jobs in the energy sector will nearly double to about 3 million by 2020, but energy employers already report having difficulty finding workers with the needed skills.
The UH exhibits will be located near the gazebo in the park. Participating organizations include the UH STEM Center, the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH, the Office of Sustainability, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Cullen College of Engineering, among others.
WHAT: Energy Day is a free family festival highlighting the energy sector. UH is a sponsor
and will offer a number of activities, along with displays featuring faculty energy-
WHEN: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18
WHERE: Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby St., in downtown Houston
MORE INFORMATION: http://energydayfestival.org/