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HOUSTON -- ConocoPhillips partnered with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project to host 26 energy education workshops for K-12 educators during this year. In order for the teachers to expand their students' energy knowledge the workshops will provide them with classroom materials emphasizing all forms of energy, energy efficiency and conservation, the company stated.
"The NEED Project is honored to have ConocoPhillips as a partner in energy education. An understanding of energy is fundamental to making important energy decisions today and in the future," Mary Spruill, executive director of the NEED Project, said in a released statement. "ConocoPhillips' commitment to improving the teaching and learning of energy -- in all its forms -- energizes the classroom and engages students in explorations that may spark their interest in future energy careers."
The one-day educational workshop is expected to draw more than 1,000 educators to participate. The workshop will be held in the following 26 cities over the course of 2011: Anchorage, Alaska; New Orleans, La.; Annapolis, Md.; Newark, N.J.; Arlington, Va.; Oklahoma City; Billings, Mont.; Oshkosh, Wis.; Boise, Idaho; Portland, Ore.; Boulder, Colo.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Contra Costa, Calif.; Seattle; Dickinson, N.D.; St. Louis; Fairbanks, Alaska; Tulsa, Okla.; Fort Worth, Texas; Victoria, Texas; Houston; Wilmington, Calif.; Lake Charles, La.; Wilmington, Del.; Midland, Texas; and Window Rock, Ariz.
During the workshop participants will receive state-correlated curriculum guides and hands-on experiments which will help them to gain knowledge and resources to teach about energy in their classrooms, the company stated.
ConocoPhillips and NEED began their partnership in 2008, and for more than three years they have provided training and resources to approximately 3,000 teachers, who in turn have reached more than 290,000 students with the education materials.