Student Outreach Hosts the Third Energy4Me Train the Trainer Workshop 

By Zainab Albaharna and Mohammed Alatigue, Student Outreach Team Members

After nearly two years of suspension due to the pandemic, Energy4me resumed its “Train the Trainer” physical workshops on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Thirteen industry professionals were trained by four current Energy4me ambassadors to become the next certified ambassadors. The workshop aimed to introduce the Energy4Me Program to the trainees and prepare them for their roles and responsibilities as ambassadors. Trainees conducted five exciting science experiments that touched on fundamental oil and gas concepts, followed by short discussions. The trainers and trainees found the workshop rewarding and were enthusiastic about performing the experiments during school visits and other events. The workshop was held at Al Othman Office Tower in Khobar. It started by welcoming all volunteers and enlightening them more about Energy4me history, which sparked their excitement about completing the program. Some experiments have been delivered to the volunteers, such as exploring oil seeps, core sampling, exploring porosity, perforated well casing, and getting the oil out. All of those experiments were well explained by using interactive materials. The logic behind each experiment was clarified after challenging trainees. This workshop contributed to collaboration between diverse integrated groups of young professionals & students to embrace synergies. 

KFUPM Mega Beach Day Event

By Abdulrahman Alrumaih, Student Outreach Team Members

The Society of Petroleum Engineers at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals organized a mega beach day event at the university’s beach facilities in Half-Moon Bay. This end-of-year activity was to promote and enhance the interpersonal skills of participants as well as an off-campus networking activity between students, faculty members, and industry representatives. Hosted by the Department of Petroleum Engineering in KFUPM, Dr. Abdulaziz Alkaabi, the Dean of College of Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences, commenced the event, which started with an interactive session organized by SPE-KSA Student Outreach members, Abdulrahman Alrumaih and Fawaz Alboghail. The importance of getting engaged with student organizations, the endless opportunities, and the new horizons they can reveal was discussed. Advocating for a healthy work-life balance, sports activities, and competitions, including faculty members and students, participated in the event. Moreover, the event included environmental efforts as part of the SPE-KFUPM corporate social responsibilities, where participants engaged in a beach cleaning activity to reduce harmful waste footprint. Finally, the SPE-KFUPM chapter president, Clement Afagwu concluded the event. All-in-all the event was attended by over 80 participants, including the Dean of College of Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences, notable faculty members, students, researchers, and industry representatives.

School Outreach: Energy Ambassador Program

By Heba AlSoqair, Student Outreach Team Member 

SPE-KSA Student Outreach continued its efforts to reach schools across Saudi Arabia by conducting multiple visits as part of the Energy Ambassador Program. In this program, young professionals volunteer their time and effort to visit schools and educate future generations about the oil industry, sustainability and conduct lively discussions with students about the industry, its future, and how they can participate in its success. Although rising COVID-19 cases made physical visits limited to the reach of students, our volunteers were able to reach upwards of 130 students in attendance across the three visits highlighted. The visits took place at each of the following schools: the 4th and 20th high schools in Dammam, KFUPM schools, and Saudi Aramco’s College Preparatory Center (CPC). Alongside the workshops, the Energy4me team conducted scientific experiments in one of our visits to educate the students about some petroleum concepts such as porosity and coring operations. The program was well received with positive feedback from both students and faculty who will capitalize on their learning by considering the possible innovation opportunities in the Energy and sustainability industry as inspiration for their future careers.