ESW - Family Energy Festival

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October 9-16, 2010

Annual Family Energy Festival

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Saturday, October 9, 10 am start for ECC Kickoff, 11:30 am start for Energy Festival

We kick off the week with our annual Family Energy Festival at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Paleontology Hall and Wiess Energy Hall.

NEW! This year’s festival will feature the same great passport program as in previous years and will coincide with the launch of HMNS’s new Energy Conservation Club (ECC). In addition to our great demonstrations by area geosciences organizations, the museum has a special celebration sponsored by Marathon Oil Corporation and the Wiess Energy Hall Partners that will include the "Billy B" show (www. and numerous interactive demonstrations about renewable energy. As in past years, Houston area Cub Scouts and Webelos are encouraged to come and work on their Geology Belt Loops and Activity Pins. This year is the first ever "energy" themed Earth Science Week. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and love of science with family and friends.

HMNS and HGS need you to make this event a success. If you have interest in volunteering, please contact the ESW committee: Martha McRae at or Jennifer Burton at Please visit the museum’s website at for additional information on ECC.

Kinetic Energy- Art, Essay, and Photography Contest


UPDATE!!! Entries are in! Thanks to all of you who partcipated.
Judging is October 5th and winners will be contacted on October 6th and announced on stage
at Family Energy Festival at 12 noon on October 9th.

Help us take geology to the classroom! Encourage your kids and their schools to participate with us in our second annual Art, Essay, and Photography contests. Each contest has a topic related to the national Earth Science Week theme "Exploring Energy". The art contest is open to grades K-5 and the essay contest is open to grades 6-9. Persons of any age can participate in the Photography Contest. Please check the HGS website for details or contact Jennifer Burton at We will have a special on-stage ceremony and award presentation to honor winners in all categories during the Family Energy Festival on October 9th. Click the attached file at the bottom of this event page for contest rules and submission guidelines.

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum Public Fieldtrip

Ocean Star Museum, Galveston, TX

Saturday, October 16, 12:00pm- 4:00pm
At check-in, tell them that you are there for the HGS fieldtrip

Visitors board the retired jackup drilling rig and view a video about the offshore energy industry. The museum features three floors of models and interactive displays illustrating the story of offshore oil and gas from seismic technology to exploration and production. Scale models of production platforms, actual dr

October 9th, 2010 11:30 AM   through   3:00 PM
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