Energy Excursions

Preparing Today’s Students to Solve Tomorrow’s Energy Challenges

Energy Excursions is a series of free, high-school-level online courses covering engineering and earth sciences related to the energy industry. These activities are both easy for teachers to assign and students to access.

Your Adventure Awaits

Energy Excursions is for high school teachers seeking to easily include energy topics in their classroom to meet required content standards, to showcase the integrated nature of STEM using applied energy topics, to provide their students with online curriculum that covers the various levels of Blooms Taxonomy, culminating in a design challenge for the student.

Energy Excursions gives both teachers and students a window into the interdisciplinary nature of the skills, knowledge, and creativity required to provide energy to a global society, as well as an understanding of the challenges that make energy projects exciting and the oversight and considerations that keep these projects safe for humans and their environment.

4 Robust Courses

Energy Excursions courses focus on engineering/earth sciences related to the energy industry, but integrate other STEM areas such as chemistry, physics, and environmental science. Each course contains a number of focused lessons with clearly presented summary, motivation, and learning outcomes at the beginning of each lesson.

Early lessons in each course guide the student on a journey to understand facts, basic concepts, and ideas related to the course theme; formative assessments are included along the way to cement fundamentals. Later lessons challenge the student to apply higher levels of critical thinking toward the end of the course when case studies and a summative design challenge are presented.

All of our courses are free for students and teachers. No registration is required. To assign a course, simply share these links with your students:

In Pursuit of the Safe Well

An excursion in pursuit of the safe well, assessing various drilling considerations and best practices for oil and gas exploration and production.

Put it Back

An excursion through carbon storage technology, one of the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century set out by the National Academy of Engineering.

How Much Water Does it Take?

An excursion through the Texas water-energy nexus, examining supply and demand of water resources, highlighting the critical question, do we have enough?

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No Hidden Agendas

Energy Excursions is created by experts in the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Our faculty, researchers, and staff have expertise in a broad range of energy and related environmental topics:

  • Petroleum Geology
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Geothermal Resources
  • Carbon Storage Technology
  • Petrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Methane Hydrates
  • Nanoparticle Technology
  • Computational Applied Mathematics
  • Machine Learning
  • Big Data Analytics

As we design each course, we think about not only the curriculum and content standards, but how to enable students to envision themselves in various career opportunities in the energy sector. Following our university’s mission, we wish to advance society through research, creative activity, scholarly inquiry, and the development and dissemination of new knowledge.